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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari marked the start of the much-delayed gas pipeline during a groundbreaking ceremony today, despite US pressure on Islamabad to back out of the project. —Photos and texts by Agencies

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (3rd L) and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari (3rd R) applaud after unveiling a plaque during the ceremony. ?Photo by AFP
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (3rd L) and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari (3rd R) applaud after unveiling a plaque during the ceremony. ?Photo by AFP
Pakistan stocks slumped 2.5 per cent on March 11 as investors agitated about possible US sanctions coming Pakistan's way for groundbreaking of a much-delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline from Iran, dealers said. ?Photo by AFP
Pakistan stocks slumped 2.5 per cent on March 11 as investors agitated about possible US sanctions coming Pakistan's way for groundbreaking of a much-delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline from Iran, dealers said. ?Photo by AFP
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd L) and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari wave during a ceremony marking the start of work on the 780-kilometre (485-mile) pipeline from Iran to Pakistan in the Iranian border city of Chah Bahar. ?Photo by AFP
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd L) and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari wave during a ceremony marking the start of work on the 780-kilometre (485-mile) pipeline from Iran to Pakistan in the Iranian border city of Chah Bahar. ?Photo by AFP
Iranians work on a section of a pipeline after the project was launched during a ceremony with presidents of Iran and Pakistan. ?Photo by AFP
Iranians work on a section of a pipeline after the project was launched during a ceremony with presidents of Iran and Pakistan. ?Photo by AFP
An Iranian worker stands in front of a section of a pipeline after the project was launched. ?Photo by AFP
An Iranian worker stands in front of a section of a pipeline after the project was launched. ?Photo by AFP
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari. ?Photo by Reuters
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari. ?Photo by Reuters

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