We will make Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline: Gilani

Published: February 18, 2012

Pakistan is currently facing mounting pressure from the US to shelve the Iran pipeline project. PHOTO: PID/ FILE

KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani asserted on Saturday that Pakistan will make the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, while speaking to the media in Karachi.

Pakistan is currently facing mounting pressure from the US to shelve the Iran pipeline project, while Pakistan and Iran have already signed a sovereign-guarantee agreement on the project.

The prime minister said that a rise in oil prices in Pakistan was due to a rise in the international prices and the global recession, and gave his assurance that the Speaker had formed a committee on the issue and will hold talks with the finance minister.

Premier Gilani also commented on the US Congressman’s resolution in the House on the Balochistan issue, and said that it was against the sovereignty of the country. “We strongly condemn the US Congressman’s move,” he said.

In view of the on-going trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, Gilani said that it was “extremely important” for the stability of the region that all the neighbouring countries were in a good relationship with each other.

“We want to have good relations with all our neighbours, be it China, Afghanistan, Iran or India,” he added.

Reader Comments (43)

  • Feb 18, 2012 - 4:43PM

    Go ahead Pakistan, we must complete this multi billion dollar project to meet our energy needs, Pakistan must reject all the pressure from US

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  • Balcoh
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Great!
    Time to ditch our enemy from the seat and look for our selves!

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  • geeko
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Now you know why Americans are talking about the Balochistan issue, right ? :}

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  • Observer
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Good move.

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  • Bhatti
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:12PM

    Yea Go On With The Project!! To h**l with America..

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  • Liberalache
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:20PM

    The US is not our friend and only has its own selfish interests in mind. We should keep our interests in mind and go ahead and do business with Iran regardless of what America says or does. We’ve been making the mistake of not maintaining better relations with our immediate neighbor because of a bully thousands of kilometers away and one extremely selfish and hypocritical “brother nation”….they wouldn’t do the same for us and we shouldn’t do it for them. America will always see us as a colony and Saudis will always seek to misuse our brotherly sentiments towards them. Time to put Pakistan first

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  • A. Aftab
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:04PM

    It is the 800 pound gorilla in the room gents, now that the ‘not so secret’ alliance between the U.S. Saudi’s and Israeli’s is out in the open.

    Throw in ALqaeda…..whoops…..I mean’t ALCIAda…..and there’s your ‘Arab Spring’…..in Pakistan?

    Perhaps the Balochistan hearings in the U.S. are a start of this next phase.

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  • Pinky
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:05PM

    plzzz do it already! what are you waiting for? the day before the election?!

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  • khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Honorable PM, are you saying this just for the sake of the next general upcoming elections? I guess the new PPP manifesto will be roti,kapra,makaan aur iran gas pipeline.

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  • Sunny
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Qadam Barhao Gillani – CNG and Loadsheding ki mari qaom tumharay saath hay.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:42PM

    So quit talking and start building – like the Abbottabad Commission report it’s all talk and no go.

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  • hari
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:50PM

    this pipeline will be bombed by india,israel and usa. build it at your own risk. ha ha ha!!!!!Recommend

  • Baloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:11PM

    this is not going to be done without Balochistan, it will be blow up by out freedom fighters.

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  • Akthar
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Yes.. We should go for it;

    We`ll call this the Islamic Pipeline.. All Power to Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan/Iran/China will be the future muslim superpowers.

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:29PM

    There is a lot of money to be made in making the pipeline. Swiss banks must be happy.

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  • Khalid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:06PM

    I wish we could but deep inside I know they we wont be able to. We are surviving on US aid, the recent release of 2 billion $ is not for free…..beggars cant be choosers, we have no pride or honor nor can you make decisions if we are living on there crumbs…. foolish pride is all we have

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  • sattar sherani
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:22PM

    An Enemy(USA) can’t think about the better future of the Muslims. Behind the congressman’s resolution about balochistan is totally opposed to the baloch nation. because without pakistan, Balochistan is nothing and voiceversa. @Balcoh:

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Right decision taken by the Pak PM. I feel India should also review its stand in interest of the country.

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @Baloch:
    be real baloch first

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  • Parvez
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:29PM

    No harm in talking.

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:08PM

    I am sure between PAK new group of friends – Iran and Russia – funding can be found to build this. This funding will come at a huge price for PAK. It will be more than just a dollar cost. Once built this pipeline will have to be protected. Protected from those who already cause PAK to be a lawless and dangerious nation.

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  • hina
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Yes Pakistan should have the pipeline. America economically is going downhill due to financial mismanagement and other things. Every country has their own interests and it is in Pakistan’s interest as it needs energy. Also it is imperative Pakistan has good relationship with its neightbours. Western powers always want to bully so called third world countries where they can in the past. The world is changing rapidly. It is IMPERATIVE PAKISTAN HAS GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURS!

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  • John
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:21PM

    All politics is local. People are looking to get re-elected using the slogans of pipeline, Balochistan resolution in Congress, etc. etc.

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  • John
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Yesterday’s slogan of “We will eat grass but make atom bomb” is replaced by “We will make gas pipeline to run our Land Cruisers on CNG.”Recommend

  • usmanx
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:27PM

    These pipelines are SO valuable that regional powers would be willing to pay for the entire infrastructure.

    All Pakistan has to do is provided a permanent security apparatus around the pipeline, I guarantee you other powers will finance the entire project be it Russia, China, Iran.

    Iran would do it because it needs to ward off US.
    Russian would do it just to keep america out.
    China would do it to make it an IPC pipeline.

    The next 30 years are critical for depleting fossil fuels. Everyone is desperate and Pakistan has an opportunity to be a hub. Winner takes all…

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  • Ameera F
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:31PM

    AWESOME!

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  • Shakti
    Feb 19, 2012 - 1:14AM

    In Denmark, municipal garbage is burned in WTE (waste-to-energy) plants to meet energy needs. This has dual benefits: keeps the landfills empty and creates energy. Other countries, such as Nepal and India, are exploiting gobar to create gobar gas. There is zero initiative in this regard in Pakistan despite Pakistan being a manure-rich agricultural country.

    Pakistan needs to capitalize on its strength and rationalize gas usage. Alternatives such as gobar gas, WTE, solar, geothermal need to be exploited. They are cheap and low tech and do not require external financiers.

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  • Shakti
    Feb 19, 2012 - 1:20AM

    Pakistan has a handsome and nattily-dressed Prime Minister who wears expensive foreign-made suits that the 99% of the people of Pakistan cannot even think of being able to purchase. He should set an example of simplicity. Look at Advani or the Indian PM and see how simply they dress, without ostentation.

    You need to become a role model and dress like the awam. Plain white shirt and shalwar would make you look dignified.

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  • Zeta
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:43AM

    @hari:
    and you know it that india would be nuked if you gathered enough rented cojones

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  • rk
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:55AM

    once aid is cut off..pakis will agree to whatever US wants…all this grandstanding…reminds of talks of shooting down drones, soverignity,no supply to nato…what happened..to all of that..drones continue, paki airspace is used to send supplies, no one cares for your soverignity…so just be prepared to talk about pipeline once aid stops…

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  • Tamurlang
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:55AM

    @hari – So from your statement you are confessing that India does terrorist acts against Pakistan to stop it from progressing – when you say build it at your own risk? Also India likes to include other country’s name in order to cover up its own terorrist acts against Pakistan. What a shame . . .

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  • A. Aftab
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:58AM

    The pipeline from the massive Iranian Asouleh Gas field to the 900 km to Iran shahr right on the Iran Pakistan border is already complete.

    Pakistan just has to link to that battery limit, and the decision to have a 700 km’s to Hub on Sindh Baloch border before it enters Karachi has already been made.

    Preliminary Civil’s and Earthworks have just started for trenching the line.

    This pipeline is our vital national interest and will be completed, unless foreign powers literally bomb it, and start a war with Pakistan.

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  • Baloch Ka Bacha
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:00AM

    @Baloch – You are obviously a Hundu Indian always wishing evil for Pakistan. When will you learn to wish for peace and prosperity with your Neignbour. Superficial friendly talks dont matter. Please stop faking and show your real Indian face!

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  • Akhtar
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:02AM

    But am afraid this will never happen! The saudi’s will oppose it & so will US. Sunni Saudi wants to ensure Shia Iran & Syria go down! Our political & military leaders remain heavily invested in west & Saudi/UAE/other Sunni countries.

    We should either go with China/Syria/Iran Alliance or with US/Saudi alliance. Let’s see where we go!

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 10:35AM

    “We strongly condemn the US Congressman’s move,” so said the Prime Minister. Having watched the TV interview, it was nothing but a casual remark. More of an ‘obiter dictum.’

    We removed one tyrant only to be harnessed by a tyrannical party. Whether you have a sovereign agreement or not, the USA will apply every form of trick, conspiracy, intrigue, perfidy and chicanery to get Pakistan and Iran to fight and abandon the pipeline.

    From 1965, the USA has been stabbing us in the back and getting away with it. The time has come for serious introspection and action and NOT making meaningless remarks, wearing flashy clothes, seizing property and letting corruption burgeon.

    Salams to Pakistan

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Now this has been proven that USA is extremely interfering in Pakistan’s extremely confidential matters through any means and manifestations and is not leaving any opportunity to harm,destabilize,weaken and destroy Pakistan’s economy,sovereignty,self-respect and self-reliance and US’ leaders always try and always have been trying their utmost and best and want that Pakistan always be the part of the beggars and slaves countries of USA and for this purpose US’ leaders are ready to do every thing and to take every step so that Pakistan could never stand on its feet to get real and true self-reliance and sovereignty.And this US’ interference shall be removable and eradicating when we shall stop US’ aid from every aspect either military or civil.Because the beggars and slaves always don’t have respect,honor,grace,dignity and sovereignty and our corrupt leaders are the beggars and slaves of USA.Recommend

  • Truth Master
    Feb 19, 2012 - 1:06PM

    US has 40,000 F-16s, leave aside the number of other aircrafts like F-22, F-117A and warships. Only one small component can destroy whole Iran and only 2 spy planes can fire continued drones to make this pipeline a failure. Don’t live in fool’s paradise , ask Iran to be with the world in oil supply.

    Learn from Libya and Iraq.

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 19, 2012 - 1:32PM

    with all the terrorism in that part of Pakistan, how easy will it be to protect the pipeline.

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  • mind control
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:34PM

    We will make Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline: Gilani

    And, Sir, what will you use for Money and Technology? Please.

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  • Good Omen
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:58AM

    In the long run, it would be in the best interest of USA to be good trusted friends with Pakistan as someday they may need Pakistan more than any other country in the world and some day Pakistan may be an oil, mineral rich and technology rich country as Pakistanis are also intelligent and ambitious people. No country has been put through so much trial and severe hardship as Pak public has and inspite of all the crisis they do have a strong courage and spirit to move forward constructively.

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  • Good Omen
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:15AM

    @mind control – It should not come as a surprise when some countries would like to be a part of this and offer financial help as this may turn out to be a gold pot for all those who want to be a part of this.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:39AM

    @Truth Master:
    You are right but for the war the most important thing you need,id est,courage,bravery and faith but unfortunately and unluckily US’ forces don’t have courage,bravery and faith and the most ever worst defeat in Afghanistan of USA is the live example of it.

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  • Shyam
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:35PM

    @Ahmer Ali
    US’ forces don’t have courage,bravery and faith and the most ever worst defeat in Afghanistan of USA is the live example of it.

    I agree with you, 90,000 American soldiers surrendered to Taliban fighters. Jokes apart. Americans have killed most Taliban/ alqaeda leaders. Ruled Afghanistan for 10 years and control the streets while Taliban wait in the caves waiting for the americans to go so that they can go out and kill some unarmed people. Only Pakistani’s can say the taliban ‘won’.

    How many american leaders has Taliban killed??Osama was shot dead like some kind of animal and thrown into the sea.If this Is this how Taliban/ al Qaeda WIN. Then Taliban losing must be really something

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