‘Pakistan should focus on long-term solutions’

US says Islamabad should not go ahead with Iran-Pakistan project.

February 22, 2013
"We believe there are better ways and more secure ways, and more cost-efficient ways for Pakistan to get its power,” says Nuland. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

WASHINGTON: The United States said that there were “better and more cost-effective” ways for Pakistan to address its energy needs than projects like the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline deal.

“We understand that Pakistan has significant energy needs and requirements, but there are other long-term solutions to Pakistan’s energy needs that we believe will have better potential for success and will better meet Pakistan’s needs than spending scarce resources on projects like this,” US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at the daily press briefing on Thursday.

She was responding to a question about press reports that Pakistan will face US sanctions if it went ahead with the IP pipeline project. “Let me just say broadly that we will continue our dialogue with Pakistan with regard to Iran,” Nuland said.

The United States, she added, was involved in many ways to help Pakistan address its energy needs, including ones that will add some 900 megawatts (MW) of power to the grid by 2013, enough power to supply an estimated two million households.

When asked if the proposed gas pipeline with Pakistan comes under the sanctionable items, Nuland said as these are being developed, she is not in a position to make that assessment. “But we believe there are better ways and more secure ways, and more cost-efficient ways for Pakistan to get its power,” she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2013.

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BachelorBoy.. | 11 years ago | Reply

"Atlast black cat is out from the bag again", a few days back was wondering about how could people kill eachother on religio-sectarian grounds..?? incase of if ever TTp is existing in Pakistan with her real media-mentioned motifs, why would she be killing Bashir Bilour who announced bounty on ruthless blasphemy creator's head ..?? And as this sectarian violence particularly started against Hazara community and in general against Shia sect, the question roamed, who is doing this n what suppose to b the motives are...?? So, American black diplomacy failed, nor people neither Iran-Pakistan clashed or even constrained their bilateral relation on such manifested fake grounds. A big thumbs-up for USA again. Perhaps this is understood, policies of USA on Pakistan and Iran. as if hoth countries didnt deviayed, conditions would gross to b more worse than just slapping economical sanctions, but thing is even If Pakistan isn't adopting such energy supporting ties with Iran, what has been performed good by USA to Pakistan sofar, in respect of supporting its economical devastations for fighting an alien imposed war by a crazy general with influence of USA...??

Thor | 11 years ago | Reply

They understand only never implement. has been they so thoughtful it would have been outcome in 5 yrs.

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