Pakistan to pursue the IP project - Khurram Dastgir

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Sunday, 01 March 2015 16:41

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

Pakistan will pursue the IP project after the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, the Media 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.

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