Pakistani politicians second Pak-Iran gas pipeline project

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 12:33:55 by

Terming the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project as requisite for the country’s energy requirements, politicians belonging to different political parties urged the government to go on the plan.

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi advised the incumbent not to accept foreign pressure on the project, saying it will further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two brotherly states.

Replying to a question about the pressure on Iran’s nuclear programme, Magi observed, “If the West can have nuclear technology then why not Iran. We should go ahead with the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project”.

Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar while speaking to the media said they had very strong ties with Iran and they were trying to take their relationships at the highest level.

He said, “It is very important for us to have the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and we are trying to complete the project as early as possible”.

Farooq Sattar, the senior leader of MQM and Federal Minister for Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, also seconded the gas pipeline project. He opined that the bilateral relationships had remained strong between Iran and Pakistan irrespective of change of governments in the duo states.

He said it was obligatory for the two countries to have the best of the relations to overcome the challenges that the both countries are facing in the present scenario at the international level. The enhancement in the two-sided trade is the need of hour and the gas pipeline project will become an opportunity to bring both the countries closer, he added.

Farooq Sattar commented, “The project will also give a boost to the economies of Iran and Pakistan and bring economic stability in the region as well”.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee said they believed that Pakistan should have strong ties with neighboring countries.

In his view the bilateral relationships with China set a standard in this regard. Fazlur Rehman asserted, “We fully support the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project that will overcome the energy crises in Pakistan”.

Stressing the need to further enhance the trade between two brotherly states, the JUI-F chief said Pakistan and Iran were fully capable to solve the problems of the region with a joint strategy.

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