ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday underlined the need for linking Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project to lift sanctions on the former, adding that the project would be completed in three years as and when the sanctions are removed. While speaking to media, after addressing an opening session of the two-day oil and gas summit organised by the International Research Networks(IRN), in collaboration with Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, the minister said that similar thoughts had also been conveyed to Iran. He said there was no external pressure to prevent progress on the project adding that in presence of the sanctions, the work could not proceed on the pipeline to import gas from Iran. Answering another question regarding the LNG import project, the minister said that all modalities had been worked out and negotiation on government-to-government basis were under way with Qatar.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2014.