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Home > News > Indo-Pak Peace Talks > PTI

Pak wants India to take a second
look at India-Iran gas pipeline

May 27, 2003 18:11 IST

As momentum for peace between India and Pakistan gathered, Islamabad on Tuesday said it was willing to give all necessary security guarantees to New Delhi with regard to the $ 4.5 billion Indo-Iran gas pipeline to be laid through its soil.

"I hope that now when the talks are set to begin with India, the project would definitely be on agenda," Petroleum Minister Naurez Shakoor told reporters in Islamabad.

Shakoor admitted that India has reservations about the security of the proposed 2,500-km pipeline from Iran, but said Pakistan expects New Delhi to take a second look at it 'now that the situation is improving.'

Pakistan also plans to push India strongly to join the feasibility work for the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan pipelineproject.

Urging India to consider the project, Shakoor said: "Pakistan has no objection to expand the pipeline upto India."

He said feasibility of TAP project is expected to be completed by September this year and petroleum ministers of the three countries will be meeting in Ashkabad in mid-June to discuss the progress on the project.

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Sub: Mr. Khandelwal, ''...but we fully trust Pakistan.''

That is what the Americans are telling us and asking us to go ahead and embrace them. Shivaji did embrace. He knew everything in advance ...

Posted by p chandra

Sub: The prompting is positively from the Junior and his cronies.

Helliburton is in a big hurry to go ahead with this pipeline. With Saddam, too, it had all started first with the pipeline-rejection by the ...

Posted by p chandra

Sub: pipeline

This is a big joke. Does pakistan want to control Indias economy? by allowing the pipeline from iran to come from pak? It'll be better ...

Posted by Ashfaq

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its a trap..which will put all indian industries hostage.

Posted by vikas

Sub: Reconsider India-Iran pipeline: Pak

The issue is not about pipeline safety ( I am 100% sure it will be safe) but to give 500m $'s as pipeline fee to ...

Posted by AB



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