IP gas pipeline: a new hope

Published Mar 23, 2013 02:04am

THE long-pending Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline has finally been inaugurated at an official level on March 11. The said project would likely boost economic growth in both the countries.

For Pakistan, this is virtually an adequate choice to meet its energy crisis in terms of its price, which is linked with the global price rather than keeping with the US advised Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project under consideration.

There appear hindrances over the pipeline issue both on a national as well as an international scale. At the international level, the US factor is one of the biggest hampers on the way of its completion.

And, lack of multi-billion dollars which the banks refused fearing US sanctions. It is sad that internally Baloch nationalists have been demanding a share in terms of job provisions.

The truth is that UN Security Council sanctions against Iran have nothing to stop the gas pipeline legally. The sanction may only be placed by the US directly or indirectly. The European Union can play an instrumental role for the vested interest of the US.

This is oblivious and unfair as the US tactics is to try and keep Pakistan pulled out of the project.

In Pakistan, the next incumbent government would hopefully pay attention to constructing the pipeline to meet the energy requirements of the country.

A.D. BABAR Zhob


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Comments (2) (Closed)


p r sharma
Mar 24, 2013 01:40am
Blaming US or using the victim card will not help. Every country including Pakistan has to keep their interest on top but to keep their interest in tact you have to be strong economically and the people must understand it and act . Nothing else will help.
pathanoo
Mar 24, 2013 06:24pm
Pakistan has every right to collaborate in building the IP pipeline and do what is in it's national best interest. America has the right to do what is in it's best national interest. Iran is a declared enemy of America and wants to hurt America. It is well with in moral rights of self defense for America not to let Iran prosper financially from this project. Would not Pakistan act the same way if the shoe was on the other foot. A word of advise. Even if America was not opposing and hampering the IP pipiline, Pakistan does not have the financial resources to make the project reality. Now, then, are you going to blame America for not giving Pakistan the money for the pipeline as well?