Baku, Azerbaijan, May 31
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Pakistan can gain much from Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, but actually did nothing to utilize such a huge project which has a great potential, Malik Ayub Sumbal, Pakistani political analyst and international relations expert, believes.
“I think Pakistan incumbent government has not much interest in this project and has no plans to complete it in near future rather than there is some sort of extraordinary development comes,” Sumbal told Trend by email.
The expert believes Pakistan failed to construct the gas pipeline from Iran under the US pressure, as the US has strong influence on Islamabad.
Meanwhile he noted that there is a huge space for Iran – Pakistan pipeline to connect it with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which envisages realization of a number of infrastructure projects throughout Pakistan. Chinese investments in these projects will reach $62 billion.
Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project (also called Peace pipeline) worth $7.5 billion has been discussed for years. Iran has almost completed the construction of its section of the pipeline from the South Pars field to Pakistani border. Pakistani section of the pipeline is still not ready and Islamabad explains the delay by the lack of funds.
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