In the prevailing critical situation the news of implementation of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline truly comes as a breath of fresh air.

The long-pending project, if it is able to see the light of day, will significantly help in reducing the massive gas shortage which Pakistan faces today.

It would perhaps also help in rejuvenating the country’s industries which have almost come to a halt due to inadequate gas supply and revive industrial production. This undoubtedly will give the moribund economy of the country the boost that it direly needs. A question that however arises is will this project ever kick off. At least when looked at from the recent very bold standpoint of the incumbent government of Pakistan, it seems it will.

That the government of Pakistan has finally signed an agreement with the Iranian government vis-à-vis the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project reflects the seriousness of the two countries to go ahead and implement this extremely vital project without further delay.

When asked about US opposition to the project, President Zardari said Pakistan can make decisions independently and sign an agreement with any country to tackle its energy crisis. Let’s, for once, in the larger national interest stick to the stance we have taken on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

M. FAZAL ELAHI                   Islamabad


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SP Bansal
March 17, 2013 8:22 am
Have you realised at what rate you shall get compare to todays rates ? This will kill your industries on daily basis. Well Good for you.
S. A. M.
March 17, 2013 11:24 am
It is nothing but to gain some respect in the eyes of the voters otherwise the govt has got no interest in resolving the problems of the people of Pakistan.
Secular Pakistan
March 17, 2013 3:50 pm
Every Country on planet earth pursues its best interst in the service of its citizens. Pakistan, ususally follows what is in the best interest of others, like Saudi arabia, United States, etc. To heck with its own citizens. This may be a first, an hopefully not the last.
Kalyan
March 17, 2013 5:38 pm
I wonder if this pipeline can be extended to India and if this will help reduce costs to the average consumer. In the long run however it would be nice if the scientists can investigate alternative and renewable energy sources. The gas prices are really going up and increasing the prices of all other commodities.
rana1
March 17, 2013 10:08 pm
Wonder why Iran would want to deal through a man who is known even to them that he is a thief.It does not suit a leader of Ahmadinejad calibre to let alone shake hands with zardari but also to stand next to him.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
March 18, 2013 2:45 am
I agree.
Husain Jan
March 18, 2013 6:35 am
It is important and vital for the industries to get it: not much need to compare the rates simply because of absence of more viable options. Iran is also ready to supply many mw of electricity not at any exorbitant rates. This offer should also have been accepted.
Shahryar Shirazi
March 18, 2013 7:56 am
SP, this is an interesting point you make. Can you please share with me some date on what the market rates are today versus this deal ? Shahryar
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