Pakistan’s Minister of Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said today that the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project is vital to Pakistan’s ability to solve its energy shortage. She added that Pakistan would resist against any foreign (U.S.) pressure regarding the issue [IRNA, 27 March].
The multi-billion-dollar planned gas pipeline would export 21.5 million cubic meters a day of the Iranian natural gas to Pakistan. IP was originally planned as IPI, with India being the third participant in the project. India pulled out last year.
The Iranians have already completed the construction of 900 kilometers of the 56-inch pipeline between the Asaluyeh gas fields on the Persian Gulf and the town of Iranshahr near the border with Pakistan. The Pakistanis, notwithstanding today’s remarks by the minister, have not yet begun any construction work on their territory. Pakistan has also announced its commitment to the rival Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) pipeline project.
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