Iran hopes new Pakistan govt will begin work on IP pipeline

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Iranian Ambassador, Hunardost called on the Prime Minister-in-waiting, Imran Khan to discuss the Iran-Pakistan pipeline project. The Ambassador expressed hope that the new government would begin work on the project, reported a local English newspaper.

There are also rumours that the petroleum division has received a letter from the Iranian government urging Pakistan to take up the stalled project.

The project, which has been in the works as early as 1995, entails the construction of a gas pipeline connecting South Pars gas fields in Iran to Karachi. The project was inaugurated by President Asif Ali Zardari along with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in March 2013.

The construction of the 900 km long pipeline from the Iranian side has been completed. Pakistan was supposed to finish the construction on its side of the border by December 2014, but the diplomatic relations between Iran and America made it difficult for Pakistan.

The United States has sanctioned on Iran putting pressure on its allies and sabotaged Iran’s diplomatic ties with other countries.

It is also being reported that Iran may take legal action against Pakistan for not taking the project seriously.