Zardari tells world: Pak-iran pipeline in national interest
Pakistan is not against anyone and government wants to strengthen the country’s economy. World should realize our national interests. We need cheaper energy and Pak-Iran pipeline is our basic requirement.
He was speaking after inaugurating 3 separate projects in Monday including Prem Nagar Dry Port project of Railways and Allai Khwar and Jinnah Hydro power projects. Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and State Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi, several parliamentarians and ambassadors of different countries were also present on the occasion. He said that the work on Pak-Iran gas pipeline would be kicked off on March 11. He said that the preliminary review report of the project was prepared in 1994. The President said that new incoming government would take advantage of its geographical importance in collaboration with international friends and the project would be completed with full potential. “We increased the expenditure on financial framework by 10 percent but it was the need of the time that it should had been enhanced by 100 percent fro the advancement of the country. The private sector should come forward as the without its participation, the progress could not be made”, he added.
The President said that it is not the government’s job to carry out trade, rather it can only facilitate the private sector. With the inception of Prem Nagar Dry Port , the economic activity of the country would be flourished where state of art services have been provided to importers and exporters. He said that country earned 280.07 million profit from the project so far. The port has been constructed at 100 hectors of land. He said that Railways is working with private sector to play its role in national economy.