Pakistan will go ahead with Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline project: Sartaj Aziz

A non-paper was given to US Secretary of State John Kerry during the recent visit to Pakistan. The emphasis of the paper was Pakistan’s insistence that seeking energy from viable sources was the sovereign right of Pakistan and that US sanctions could not be legally applied to it. This non-paper was given to the visiting delegates by Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Mr. Aziz also briefed his counterpart about the dire energy needs of the country. The gas pipeline project to import fuel from Iran is already in the execution stage and could be completed quickly. The popular sentiment in Pakistan is also in favor or strengthening ties with Iran and develops trade with it.

The ground breaking ceremony was held on March 11th, 2013 by President of Iran Ahmedinejad and President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The project will cost an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 billion dollars which will be shared by the two countries. Iran has already completed 90% work on their side of the border.

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