Pakistani analyst calls for further boosting Iran-Pakistan energy cooperation

Islamabad, Feb 24, IRNA – A Pakistani senior analyst on Saturday underscored the need to further enhance Iran-Pakistan cooperation in energy sector.

Talking to IRNA, Lieutenant General (retd) Abdul Qayyum said that Iran is a country which is close to Pakistan ideologically and geographically and it is good to see that both countries are moving forward on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

He hailed the decision of Iran to establish oil refinery in south western Pakistani city of Gwadar with an estimated capacity of about 400,000 barrels per day. “It is a positive development,” the analyst viewed.

The intellectual was of the opinion that cooperation with Iran is in the interest of Pakistan. He said that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project should be implemented as soon as possible.

Abdul Qayyum went on to say that Iran is a close friend of Pakistan and is always ready to help us.

He said that Gwadar port which is handed over to China is a major port of the region and if Iran establishes an oil refinery over there it would benefit the whole region.

The analyst said that there are forces which are trying to disturb the peace of the region. “They are trying to create problems for both Iran and Pakistan,” he said.

He added that Iran and Pakistan with their close cooperation can undermine conspiracies against both the nations.

He said that it is good to see that the government of Pakistan is determined to complete Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. “It is good news for the region and for the economy of Pakistan,” said the analyst.

He said that Iran and Pakistan should remain prepared to face possible international pressures on the project. “We have to take the decisions which are in the interest of our people,” he viewed.

Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum is a retired 3 star general of Pakistan Army. He appears frequently in television talk shows and is a well-known critic of American foreign policies pertaining to Pakistan.