In the pipe­line

Southasia - - EDITORS MAIL -

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.

Ha­tim Za­reef

Tehran, Iran

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