WEB DESK – Pakistan has excused to complete the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project fearing sanctions on the country by the Western world for its deteriorated ties with Iran.
The state minister for petroleum Mir Jam Kamal has expressed concern over possible sanctions on Pakistan if it completes the gas pipeline project with neighboring Iran.
The leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stated that Pakistan would like to complete the project once international sanctions on Iran would be lifted.
Pakistan would be taking on bring first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) supplies from Qatar this year and is going to award a terminal services contract to the successful bidder. Qatar had asked Pakistan to have a terminal in place before striking any LNG deal.
Though the US opposes the IP pipeline due to the standoff with Iran, it is pleased with Pakistan’s efforts to strike an LNG import deal with Qatar. Doha holds a stake in an LNG terminal in America.
However, the Iranian side of the $7.5-billion project is almost complete, but Pakistan has run into repeated problems paying for the 780 kilometre (485 mile) section to be built on its side of the border.