Pakistan raps US meddlesome statement on IP gas project

Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson has reacted to recent remarks by US Assistant Secretary Bureau Of South And Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu on her country’s joint gas pipeline project with Iran.

Islamabad has remained committed to implementing the joint gas project in accordance with the spirit of the bilateral agreement with Tehran, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said during her weekly press conference on Thursday while responding to a question by IRNA’s reporter about the US stance on the project.

Pakistan does not need to consult others or be exempted from sanctions but wants to go ahead with the project of transferring gas from the Islamic Republic of Iran, she said, referring to Lu’s warning that “Washington has not received any request from Islamabad regarding sanctions relief and therefore the efforts to stop Pakistan from Iran's gas project will continue”.

The spokesperson added that the decision of the Pakistani government to go ahead with the gas pipeline is an independent and free decision, which will be implemented soon. 

On Tuesday, during a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House of Representatives, Lu talked about the US plan to derail the Iranian-Pakistan gas project.

While emphasizing America's opposition, he claimed that the project is not in the interest of Pakistan as international companies would not invest in it.

The US official did not, however, mention Pakistan’s discontent with Washington for obstructing the country to get easy and cost-effective energy.

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