Iran pipeline deal: Pakistan should avoid 'sanctionable activity', says US

Published: February 28, 2013
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State Department acting spokesperson says US recognises Pakistan’s energy requirements.

State Department acting spokesperson says US recognises Pakistan’s energy requirements.

WASHINGTON: The US State Department said that it was in Pakistan’s interest to avoid any “sanctionable” activity, while commenting on the Pak-Iran gas pipeline deal on Wednesday.

State Department Acting Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell refused to speculate whether building the pipeline would result in Pakistan being slapped with sanctions, but said that the US recognises Pakistan’s energy requirements.

“We really think there are other long-term solutions to Pakistan’s energy needs, and so we’ve been assisting as a government to contribute to the alleviation of the energy crisis in Pakistan. And so we made it clear to our interlocutors, for instance, that it’s in their best interest to avoid any sanctionable activity,” he said.

Ventrell added that the State Department feels that the US provides a better way to Pakistan to meet its energy needs with the US assistance.

“We contribute to the alleviation of the energy crisis in Pakistan by supporting large-scale energy projects, including one that will add 900 megawatts to the power grid by 2013. That’s going to help supply electricity to an estimated two million Pakistanis. So we do have some bilateral assistance which we think is useful and helpful in that regard,” said the spokesperson.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Feb 28, 2013 - 6:01PM

    Gas Pipeline is Crucial for Pakistan. America is doing nothing to curtail the energy sufferings of Pakistan instead.

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  • Feb 28, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Pakistani people are suffering the doom of Load shedding since 2006 but the US has not assissted significantly. India & US plan is to break Pakistan till 2013, how can they support this beneficial activity between two neigbours. With India he has many projects of electricity generation while for Pakistan only vain talks. Pakistan must take advantage of this oppertunity to curtail his energy needs.

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  • yasir
    Feb 28, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Where is Kashmir in Pakistan map ?

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  • A K ANDANI
    Feb 28, 2013 - 6:41PM

    NO SIR THANK USA,LET’S US DO ARE JOB,WE DO NOT TRUST U ANY MORE.

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  • Jadugar
    Feb 28, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Its only because of election, that the Govt. is playing Mr. Tough guy with united states, wait till after election and the elected Govt. will drop the deal with Iran like hot potatoes. What America wants, America gets from Pakistan. Pakistanis are well aware that it has always been a one way street with Pak-US relationship.

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  • waseem
    Mar 1, 2013 - 1:29AM

    Where is the KASHMIR on the given above map??????????

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  • Polpot
    Mar 1, 2013 - 6:39AM

    @yasir: “Where is Kashmir in Pakistan map ?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Nowhere!

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