Gas pipeline: Pakistan hiring experts to study Iran sanctions

Published: March 22, 2012

A delegation to depart for Russia to negotiate with energy giant Gazprom. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Amid fears of possible sanctions being imposed by Washington, Pakistan has decided to hire the services of international legal experts to seek opinion on effects of prospective US sanctions, in case it went ahead with the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. 

The decision to hire legal experts was taken at a high level meeting presided over by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at the Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday.

The meeting was convened to review the energy situation in the country, expand the power generating capacity of the existing electricity infrastructure and explore alternate energy sources.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of Finance Dr Hafeez Sheikh, Minister of Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Finance Secretary Abdul Wajid Rana, and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Nadeem ul Haq.

The possibility of US sanctions against Pakistan was discussed, one of the participants of the meeting told The Express Tribune.

He said that the government wanted to explore the possible effects of sanctions if it refused to bow to the pressure exerted by Washington.

“We have discussed the option of materialising the IP gas project with assistance from Russia and China,” the participant said.

The prime minister was informed that a delegation of Pakistanis would soon depart for Russia to negotiate with Russian energy giant Gazprom to materialise the pipeline project.

He also directed the ministries of water and power and petroleum to ensure that load shedding was minimised, and further efforts be made to provide relief to the public and the industry from the ongoing power crisis.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2012.

Reader Comments (14)

  • Mar 22, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Pakistan Should keep all the avenues open and should think about her sovereignity first. In the global arena, only those countries succeed who keep the diplomacy on the table but keep their interests supereme.

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  • saqib
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:07AM

    why Pak map is devoid of Kashmir? Is the newspaper one of ours?

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  • MarkH
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:10AM

    …are they actually saying they didn’t already look into this before speaking as though the pipeline was a sure thing and posturing? That’s just… Recommend

  • dilu
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Tribune why You have not shown Kashmir as part of Pakistan. I dont think any Indians news paper will ever make such a mistake. I know you are funded by International Herald Tribune (New york times) but still please dont hurt the sentiments of Pakistanis.

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  • Cheema
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:31AM

    What kind of Pakistnai map is being shown here?

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  • MarkH
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:57AM

    @saqib:
    Most maps are created with accuracy in mind.

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  • Sameer
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Why not consider India’s offer of gas supply.More cost effective as well.

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  • Nasir
    Mar 22, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Shame on ET for praising India by publishing wrong map of Pakistan. It seems ET is an Indian news website.

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  • Farrukh Bashir
    Mar 22, 2012 - 11:56AM

    whats wrong with ET? have u sold the Kashmir part to India already? CHANGE THE MAP!Recommend

  • mehak iftikhar
    Mar 22, 2012 - 12:10PM

    where is kashmir? this is not a complete map. why u people are showing that kashmir is not our part. u people r not doing good.

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  • ashok
    Mar 22, 2012 - 12:23PM

    ET is doing the right thing by not including Kashmir in the map of Pakistan.

    Kashmir is not stated as a part of Pakistan in its constitution which mentions four states, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa.

    I urge ET to delete the parts of Gilgit-Baltistan also from the map of Pakistan to represent Pakistan’s stated policy in its constitution.

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  • Truthbetold
    Mar 22, 2012 - 12:41PM

    @dilu:

    “Tribune why You have not shown Kashmir as part of Pakistan. “

    I am surprised that most Pakistanis don’t know that according to Pakistan constitution, Kashmir is not officially part of Pakistan. Pakistan diligently keeps Kashmir as disputed territory in order not to negate UN resolutions. Once Pakistan officially annexes Kashmir, it can no longer invoke the UN resolutions. This was explained by Musharraf’s lady press secretary in a press meeting in Islamabad. I forget her name.

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  • Kashmirian
    Mar 22, 2012 - 2:12PM

    It is totally condemnable, I have no idea why pakistani government want to commit suicide.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 22, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Pakistan has decided to hire the
    services of international legal
    experts to seek opinion on effects of
    prospective US sanctions

    Any other country would hire these experts BEFORE they made the decision – but Pakistan has already said it’s going ahead with the IP so good is this advise now?

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