In the pipeline
The writer of the article ‘ A Balancing Act’ was hopeful that Pakistan is in a unique position to build bridges between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Pakistan would certainly be in a better position to achieve this end provided that it first improves its ties with Iran. We have been hearing about the IranPakistan gas pipeline projects for many years now – and most of the time it is bad news. More often than not, it is
Pakistan which either pulls out of the project or gives in to the pressurizing tactics of western players. It is a fact that the IP project will benefit Pakistan. There is a severe natural gas shortage in the country which has affected the people as well as industries. Pakistan can easily meet its demand for natural gas through the pipeline project.
Wouldn’t it be wise if Pakistan stopped dilly-dallying on the issue and did what is in its own interest? This will definitely improve the country’s ties with Iran and build the trust that is required if Pakistan wants to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia.