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Pakistan Defies US, Honors Iran Gas Deal

World  (tags: Pakistan, Skunked, Politics, middle-east, conflict, israel, iran, iraq )

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Islamabad has stepped up work on its bilateral agreements with Tehran including the implementation of a Pak-Iran gas pipeline project despite US threats.

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Barbara W (342)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 8:17 pm
“Construction work on the pipeline in Iranian area was completed. And on remaining portion that was to be constructed in Pakistani area the survey has been completed. Pakistan is bearing losses due to energy crises and it would go ahead with different options including Iran,” The Nation quoted a Pakistani official as saying on Thursday. The Pakistani source added Islamabad had not backed down from its trade agreement with Iran.

On December 19, high-ranking Islamabad diplomats said the administration of Barack Obama is frustrated with the “rapid progress” of Pakistan's gas project with Iran, and is exhausting all its resources to sabotage the deal. “They (US officials) have gone to the extent of threatening [Pakistan's] President [Asif Ali] Zardari of economic sanctions if work is not stopped immediately,” the official said. Zardari, however, reportedly dismissed the threats, bluntly asserting that the commissioning of the project is vital and inevitable for the wellbeing of Pakistan's “fast crumbling” economy.

The USD 7.6 billion gas pipeline deal, which was signed in June 2010, aims to export a daily amount of 21.5 million cubic meters (or 8.7 billion cubic meters per year) of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan. Iran and Pakistan finalized the details of the deal during bilateral talks held in Tehran in October 2007. In addition to exporting gas to Turkey, Armenia, and Pakistan, Iran is currently negotiating gas exports to Iraq. "

Barbara W (342)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 8:17 pm
Was It Something "We" Said?

Sue H (7)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:16 pm

Loŕraine Butcher (92)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:53 pm
Umm I don't understand the headline - how is Pakistan "defying" the U.S. by making trade deals with another country? Is the U.S. now dictating other countries trade policies for them? Does anybody else find the statement "Obama is frustrated with the “rapid progress” of Pakistan's gas project with Iran, and is exhausting all its resources to sabotage the deal" somehow strange/wrong? I mean, who elected Obama ruler of the universe when I wasn't looking? /facticious

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 1:39 am
The USA should be more careful about whom they get into bed with.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 9:12 am

Ah, yes. One more back door opening for declaring a country as a terrorist group and therefore, an enemy that deserves nothing short of war. Of course, one could say we are already at war with Pakistan; or are those bombs on civilians just a way of saying, "good morning"?

Then of course the dreaded Iran that we are being saturated with information about their threats to the United States. We never learn, but how can learn when we are all fed propaganda and lies and still follow the tune played by the pipers.

Barbara W (342)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 11:28 am
Amen Arild. Amen!

Barbara W (342)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 12:01 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

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Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 3:09 pm
Pakistan is a country once considered an ally
of the U.S.. Now, that status is seriously in question.
Why shouldn't they "defy" the U.S.?
They are perfectly free to make up their own mind as
to who they trade and deal with.
Thanks, Barbara.

Kathy Parsons (20)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 5:25 pm

Billie C (2)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 6:28 pm
we need to stop sending money to pakistan. they are not nor have they ever been an ally. who cares who they make deals with just stop sending my tax money over there. they can all go rot.

Fat Sam (5)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 7:00 pm
Pakistan is a free country. It is no business of America or anybody else to dictate who they can and cannot do business with.
Is doing business with Iran any worse than selling billions of dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, or having Israel determine American foreign policy?

Terry King (113)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 7:12 pm
IMHO...We should withdraw from the entire region and let the chips fall where they may!

Jerry B (128)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 9:37 pm
Noted I agree, we should have nothing to do with them, money wasted..thanks Barbara!

james larkin (18)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 11:44 pm
How nice it would be if all these nations were more friendly with one another and not basically enemies. The USA policy has created similar atmospheres in other parts of the world but the rich tough guy policy does not work in the long term. I have no love for Pakistan or Iran but they are not stupid people. They hail from ancient cultures and are extremely intelligent. The same applies to many other countries that the USA has failed to understand. Military might and money are just not enough. You need to try and understand the other guy a bit.

Barbara W (342)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 10:10 am
Right on James.. It's called respect.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 2, 2012, 10:51 am
Well, if we kill our friends and basically leave are enemies alone, I'd rather be an enemy.

Bob P (394)
Monday January 2, 2012, 10:54 am
thanks for sharing

. (0)
Monday January 2, 2012, 12:22 pm
Look at the two countries involved.Two immoral, belligerent are working together. Did the Obama administration really think Pakistan would honor its agreement over Iran?Now, let's see what Clinton and her pack of nothings are going to do about this.
Muslim agreements are thicker than international agreements.Why has it taken this administration so many years to figure this out?
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