IP can start pumping gas to Pakistan in months, says Rowhani

Published: March 27, 2016
Iranian President addressing a press conference at a local hotel. PHOTO: APP

Iranian President addressing a press conference at a local hotel. PHOTO: APP


The Iranian president said on Saturday his country had completed work on its side of a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline, and would be in a position to provide gas to Pakistan in a few months.

Hassan Rowhani was speaking at a news conference at the end of his two-day visit that focused on increasing Pakistan’s electricity imports from Iran, boosting bilateral trade ties and reviving plans for the $7 billion gas pipeline between the two countries.

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“Iran has constructed this gas pipeline up to the border of Pakistan and we are ready to deliver gas to Pakistan at our borders. We have almost completed our share,” Rowhani said. “It is now up to Pakistan to initiate work on its side.”

Dubbed the ‘peace pipeline’, the project has faced repeated delays since it was conceived in the 1990s to connect Iran’s giant South Pars gas field to India via Pakistan. India quit the project in 2009, citing costs and security issues, a year after it signed a nuclear deal with Washington.

The Iranian leader said his country was also interested in connectivity between Gwadar and the Chabahar ports through roads and shipping lines. He also stressed the need to secure border with Pakistan.

President Rowhani said his country could meet all the energy, fuel and electricity needs of Pakistan. Iran is already selling 1,000MW of electricity to Pakistan and will increase this up to 3,000MW, he added.

Speaking at a business conference with the Iranian leader earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Islamabad and Tehran had signed an agreement to increase annual bilateral trade volumes to $5 billion by 2021.

Trade between Pakistan and Iran fell to $432 million in 2010-11 from $1.32 billion in 2008-09, according to the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.

“Iran has the capability to help the development of the economic infrastructure of Pakistan including roads, railways dams and others area,” Rowhani said in his speech at the Pakistan-Iran Business Forum.

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“Pakistani nation should be assured that Iran, as a strategic partner for the Pakistani nation, will always explore its potential in the field of oil and gas to satisfy the needs of Pakistani nation,” he said.

Rowhani assured Pakistan that provision of its energy security is Iran’s responsibility.  He also reiterated bilateral commitment to take volume of trade to $ 5 billion within next five years.

“I announce that Iran is responsible for provision of Pakistan’s energy security. Based on our commitments in the area of electricity, based on our commitment in the area of gas – we have fulfilled our responsibility and will fulfill in the future,” Rowhani said in translated comment.

The Iranian president also drew attention of both the countries to complement each other as in today’s era the development of states was inter-linked. He highlighted the areas in which his country was enormously rich like gas, electricity, technical education, engineering besides construction of roads, dams and rail network.

“The tradesmen, entrepreneurs and the state sector should cooperate in order to realise that Iran after its nuclear agreement and in the post-sanctions era is an emerging economy and will play its role in the area,” he said.

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Claiming that bilateral ties were rooted in the historic, cultural and religious bonds, Rowhani said both the countries should establish a partnership in the fields of transit and tourism.


Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • sabi
    Mar 27, 2016 - 10:20AM

    Look! You conspiracy theorists, the president of Iran has slapped you on the face. You keep on misguiding the public on Sunni Shia lines terming our distinguished neighbor as enemy like nation.
    Great gesture from president of Iran.Recommend

  • echoboom
    Mar 27, 2016 - 10:24AM

    A giant leader in the land of pygmy slaves.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Mar 27, 2016 - 11:31AM

    But first please stop pumping terrorism to Pakistan.Recommend

  • lolz
    Mar 27, 2016 - 1:52PM

    @Last Man Alive: Was Osama Bin Laden an Iranian?Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 27, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Shia gas or Sunni gas, Pakistan need it. Please supply as soon as posible.Recommend

  • NHA
    Mar 27, 2016 - 8:26PM

    An Agreement is already there for gas supply. But issue of price and security should be sorted out upfront to avoid problems later. Even an interim pipeline connection with Gawadar pipeline system should d be considered while construction of main pipeline is undertaken.

    The nation should be taken into confidence over price, and other terms of supply. An ignorant nation is easy prey to rumors and disinformation professionals like @lolz @sabi and others.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 28, 2016 - 2:01AM

    IP will is a project where there are no kick backs. Moreover Saudi Arabia will never allow the project to materialize and Nawaz Shareef have no courage to go against SA wishes.Recommend

  • Safar
    Mar 28, 2016 - 10:34AM

    As long as Pakistan is dependent politically on USA and economically on saudi arabia, no Pakistani leader WILL be able to let gas go through the pipeline. Mr. Nawaz Sharif only was able to sign AGREEMENT to increase the trade to $5.0 billions. Recommend

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