Pakistan resolves to go ahead with Iran gas pipeline project despite US objection

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 06:30 hrs

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said the country is keen to go ahead with the proposed gas pipeline project with Iran in order to overcome its energy crisis.

The Dawn quoted Ashraf, as saying that Pakistan is facing a serious energy crisis and the government wants to end it as soon as possible. He, however, avoided commenting specifically on a statement by a US State Department spokeswoman warning Pakistan of sanctions if it went ahead with the Iran gas pipeline project, reports The Dawn.

Earlier on Friday, the spokeswoman had told Islamabad that the US believes there are "better, more secure and more efficient ways" for Pakistan to get its power. She said it is in Pakistan's interest to avoid activities that could be prohibited by UN sanctions or that could be 'sanctionable' under US law.

Ashraf said the energy crisis had become a big burden on the national economy. (ANI)

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