Lawmaker stresses IP pipeline’s positive impacts on regional prosperity

Tehran(Online): The construction of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will serve the interests of both countries and the entire region, an Iranian lawmaker said.

“Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will accelerate gas exports and create job opportunities in the region,” member of the parliament’s Agriculture Commission Hedayatollah Mirmohammad zehi said on Saturday.

Earlier this month, Iran and Pakistan officially inaugurated the construction phase of a gas pipeline project which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to the energy-hungry South Asian nation.

The project kicked off in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at the two countries’ shared border region in Iran’s Southeastern city of Chabahar.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Iranian oil minister said implementing Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline would lead to prosperity of the two countries’ economy, greater security and higher living standards for Iranian and Pakistani border region residents.

He said that 85% of the world energy is comprised of oil and gas today and Iran is benefitted from these God-given blessings, and expressed the hope that in addition to Pakistan, the rest of the regional nations, too, would be able to take advantage of this project.

The 2700-kilometer long pipeline was to supply gas for Pakistan and India which are suffering a lack of energy sources, but India has evaded talks. In 2011, Iran and Pakistan declared they would finalize the agreement bilaterally if India continued to be absent in the meeting.

According to the project proposal, the pipeline will begin from Iran’s Assalouyeh Energy Zone in the south and stretch over 1,100 km through Iran. In Pakistan, it will pass through Baluchistan and Sindh but officials now say the route may be changed if China agrees to the project.

By The Frontier Post


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