Mar 26, 2024, 12:51 AM
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‘Pakistan to seek sanctions relief to start IP gas project soon’

Islamabad, IRNA - Pakistan's Minister for Petroleum, Musadik Malik says his country will soon start working on the gas pipeline from Iran, adding that Islamabad will seek sanctions relief from the United States in this regard.

According to the IRNA reporter, Malik made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Islamabad on Monday night.

He revealed that the interim government of Pakistan could not submit an official request to Washington for an exemption from anti-Iran sanctions but the current government is pursuing this issue with strength.

We are confident to overcome the US sanctions barrier with political and technical solutions, he said

Last week, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced that Islamabad does not need to consult others on the important project. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch reacted in to the interventionist statements by US Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu that Washington had not received any request from Islamabad regarding sanctions relief and therefore the efforts to stop Pakistan from Iran's gas project would continue.

‘Pakistan to seek sanctions relief to start IP gas project soon’

The United States has for long been trying to sabotage or derail the energy deal between Iran and Pakistan.

However, in March last year, Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum issued a statement saying that the completion of the joint gas project with Iran would strengthened the country's  energy security and announced a plan to build an 81-kilometer pipeline from Gwadar port to the common border.

In August last year, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian during his official visit to Pakistan also discussed his then Pakistani counterpart about the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, saying that its completion is in line with the interests of the two nations.


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