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Zardari seeks to allay US concerns


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President Asif Ali Zardari — File Photo

LAHORE: Allaying concerns of the United States over the $7.5billion Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that Pakistan did not intend to offend anyone by pursuing this project of national importance.

“Let me tell you, Pakistan does not want to offend anyone. It is a sovereign country and has every right to pursue projects in its national interest,” the president said at the Governor’s House after inaugurating two recently completed projects — Allai Khwar and Jinnah hydroelectric power projects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and a dry port at Premnagar.

The US has warned that the pipeline deal, if finalised, would raise serious concerns.

President Zardari made it clear that the project should not be seen as “against any specific country”.

He asked PPP leaders to inform people about the “bold initiative” of the government. “Since it is a big achievement of the PPP government despite US pressure, President Zardari wants us to rather build our election campaign on it,” one PPP insider told Dawn.

He said the president had also conveyed to the US that Pakistan could not abandon the project which was aimed at meeting its energy needs.

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moazzam Mar 05, 2013 12:19pm
This project does seem to be pretty useful for our country..but from the outlook it seems that the president is initiating this project just to win the elections and if he does acheive success through it ,he might abandon the project later on...and even if he doesnt abandon it later looks an act for the sake of ppp election campaign...
Burki Mar 05, 2013 02:36am
just an election ploy - trying to play a tough act against American arm twisting around election time to garner popular nationalistic support. Once elections are over and God forbid if this thug party is back in power, they won't waste much abandoning this project citing "national interests"
SP Bansal Mar 05, 2013 03:07am
There is diff USA says no to any link of any kind with Iran specially any kind of business deals. Others can do at their risks. For which they need to grow strong, strong enough like China. So do at your own risk
Jawaad Aslam Mar 05, 2013 06:12am
Just for election compaign . After Election everything will be reversed on USA pressure. All our politicians are USA servants.
Mustafa Mar 05, 2013 07:50am
If North Korea is surviving without America and Iran is surviving without America why Pakistan cannot survive without America? It will definely survive just as North Korea and Iran are surviving, Pakistani poets will write "Saree Khoda-ee Ek Taraf aur Pakistan, Iran aur Shemalee Koriea Ek Taraf (the entire world is one side and Pakistan, Iran and North Korea is one side).........Laugh!
M. Alvi Mar 05, 2013 11:39am
It seems a political stunt by Zardari at this election time.