Pak-Iran gas pipeline project International sanctions causing delay

The international sanctions both by the US and some other European countries are the reason for delay in Pakistan Iran gas pipeline project. The Senate was informed this during a winding up the debate on an adjournment motion by MQM Senator Attique Sheikh regarding delay in the execution of Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project and the future consequences of importing costly LNG from Qatar.

State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal said that IP project was not facing delay due to US pressure but as a result of the international sanctions imposed on Iran.

After the sanctions of the US and Europe, around 200 companies have been penalized and their businesses have affected. “The assumption is also wrong that Iran had completed the project from its side,” he said adding that Iran was far from completing the project from its side.

About TAPI Gas Pipeline Project, he said that there was no delay from the Pakistani side and it was moving ahead. He also claimed that Pakistan was not importing costly LNG from Qatar.

He said work on Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline project, a consortium of four countries, is in full swing as it was one-point agenda during a recent visit of President Mamnoon Hussain to Turkmenistan.