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Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline not abandoned

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The Pakistani commerce minister says the country has not abandoned the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, which is scheduled to provide Pakistan with Iranian natural gas.

Pakistan will pursue the IP project after the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, the Express Tribune quoted Khurram Dastgir Khan as saying in a Saturday report.

“A gas pipeline that is going to be laid from [the Pakistani port city of] Gwadar to [the port city of] Nawabshah can be extended by 11 kilometers to Iran,” the minister said.

Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement for the construction of the gas pipeline in 1995. Later, Iran made a proposal to extend the pipeline from Pakistan into India. In February 1999, an accord between Iran and India was signed.

But due to the US pressure, India withdrew from the project in 2009.

Iran has already built its 900-kilometer share of the pipeline on its own soil and is waiting for the 700-kilometer Pakistani side of the pipeline to be built.

The IP pipeline aims to help Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs at a time when the country of over 180 million people is grappling with serious energy shortages.

The United States has long been threatening Islamabad with economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the plan.

Press TV

3 Comments on "Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline not abandoned"

  1. Davy on Mon, 2nd Mar 2015 7:00 am 

    Would you sell your valuable gas to a state that is broke and approaching failed state status? Would you sell your gas to a Sunni dominated state if you are a Shia dominated state. A Sunni dominated Sunni terrorist dominated state whose Sunni terrorist can blow the gas pipeline up at will? This pipeline is desperation by Iran.

  2. penury on Mon, 2nd Mar 2015 8:57 am 

    If your population is suffering from a chronic shortage of electricity and fuel for cooking, and heating and the only available supply is from a source which you are in disagreement with, mainly because of your alliance with a nation which cannot help you, what do you do? Do you swallow hard and buy the necessary fuel from that nation or do you sit back and watch your people suffer and die so that you can “honor” your alliance? Yjoml hard.

  3. Tom on Mon, 2nd Mar 2015 9:31 pm 

    Is there a better way to create a nation state that is an incubator for terrorists than to deny that nation the ability to have a prosperous economy by constraining its access to energy that will generate electricity and create jobs for otherwise dead-end youths? Is the U.S., by derailing the Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline, contributing to the expansion of Pakistani terrorist networks? Surely the U.S. is not contributing to the political and social stability of either Iran or Pakistan.

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