Hashmat Ullah Khan & Muhammad Manzoor Elahi
Central Asia, a newly born region of Asia, possess has been anticipated to excessive geopolitical, geo-economic and geostrategic significance for its peripheral regions. The region also assumed to became an epicentre of regional and global powers’ strategic interests. The research focuses on the policy options for Pakistan in connection with its economic security as an extended peripheral actor of Central Asia. The natural oil and gas reserves of Central Asia can also serve as sources of economic connectivity between the said actors. The research accentuates that the region is one of the cost-effective source of energy for Pakistan. The Central Asian Republics’ share in the world oil production is2.4 % (31.2 thousand million barrels), and the share of gas production is 4.2% (20.2 billion cubic meters).Despite historical affinities, religious commonalities and geographical proximity, Pakistan’s relations with Central Asian countries remain to be strengthened. In addition, the research highlights the prospects and challenges faced in strengthening of economic interests between Pakistan and Central Asia when the landlocked region and the former provides shortest land route access. But this phenomenon could not be materialized due to poor law and order situation in Afghanistan. The New Great Game and the power politics of global powers also poses hurdles for Pakistan to develop strong economic ties with Central Asia and get benefits from its natural resources.