Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Dec 29 -- Shrugging off US pressure, Pakistan has geared up work on bilateral agreement with Iran including Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline, local media said on Thursday.
Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline construction (2010 file photo)
Pakistan has not backed from its trade agreement including gas pipeline project with Iran, according to Pakistan's Online news agency.
President Asif Ali Zardari made it clear while addressing on the fourth anniversary of his assassinated wife Benazir Bhutto that Pakistan would opt for trade with international community and would develop new trade blocks.
"Construction work on the pipeline in Iranian area was completed. And survey on the remaining portion that was to be constructed in Pakistani side has been completed.
Pakistan is bearing losses due to energy crises and it would go ahead with different options including Iran, energy experts said.
They said that developing of trade ties with Central Asian States including Turkmenistan and Afghanistan has recently attracted special attention in the foreign ministry and improving trade ties with the traditional opponent, India, is apparent.
Pakistan is also focusing on business relations with Russia and far eastern countries.
However, US had some reservations about Pakistan agreement of gas pipe-line with Iran and on so many occasion directly or indirectly tried to influence Pakistan to weigh option other than Iran.
Meanwhile, parliamentary secretary said in national assembly that it has been planned that the gas from Iran would be extended to some localities in southern Pakistan so that it could be used both for eliminating load shedding of electricity and gas shortage.
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