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Int'l restrictions hinder gas supply via Pak-Iran Pipeline, tells Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Petroleum, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that despite of the accomplishment of Pak-Iran Pipeline Project, gas supply to Pakistan cannot be commenced due to international restrictions on Iran – ARY News reports.

According to details, a session of the National Assembly (NA) was held on Friday, chaired by the Speaker, Ayaz Sadiq. During the session, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi briefed the House that due to restrictions on Iran, no advancement could be made in this project during the last 4 years.

He elaborated that besides financial obstacles, no contractor was available and as long as these restrictions are effective, Pakistan cannot acquire gas.

Speaking about LNG import, Abbasi said that the LNG terminal shall be built by November this year and talks with Qatar are underway pertaining to the import of LNG, whilst the tariff will be set in accordance with the national interests.

Minister of State, Sheikh Aftab told that the overseas Pakistanis will be given the right of vote till next general elections, for which legislation is underway.

Defense Minister, Khwaja Asif briefed the members that 81 civilians and 10 soldiers were killed due firing by Indian forces, during the last 5 years.

He told that Pakistan has recorded its strong protest over this, on diplomatic level, India has been told clearly that such incidents cannot be ignored and Pakistan reserves its right to counter such activities.

Moreover, the session of the assembly was adjourned until 4 pm on Monday evening.

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