ISLAMABAD: The Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz said that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is still government’s top priority while trade with neighbouring countries is one of the significant pillars of government’s policy, ARY News reported.
Sartaj Aziz told National Assembly on Tuesday that the troubled plan to build a gas pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran to Pakistan was still a priority, although it was seeking concessions to make the project practicable for us.
He denied the perception that government has backed off from the project due to pressure of United States (US).
The adviser cited problems due to a short 18-month deadline given to Pakistan to build its side of the pipeline or pay penalties and existing US financial sanctions imposed on Iran for its nuclear programme.
Sartaj Aziz said that after the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the US to resolve Western objections to the Iranian nuclear programme, the project of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will be reviewed.