Pakistan urgently needs Iranian gas: Pak politician

Islamabad, Nov 8, IRNA -- A senior Pakistani politician says that his country seriously needs Iranian gas to overcome its energy problems suggesting that the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project should be completed at the earliest.

In an interview with IRNA, Awami National Party Leader Afrasiab Khattak said Pakistan should follow its own interests regarding the IP and it should not look to other powers for the project.
“I think we need IP, we must have that,” he said.
Earlier Pakistani Parliamentary Secretary Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told Parliament that the government is committed to execute Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
Former Senator Khattak also said Iran and Pakistan are brotherly neighboring countries and both have historical and cultural relationship. “I think we need to overcome differences created by big powers in this region we should overcome the polarization created by other powers,” the politician said.
“We are out of Cold War. Let us get into geo-economics, we have so much in common. I think Gwadar and Chabahar ports can be sister ports they can complement rather than compete each other,” said the political leader.
He added that Iran is also a friend of China and other powers of the region, so it can play a very important role in coming days. “I don’t see any reason for a rift between the two countries.”
Khattak urged Iran and Pakistan to cooperate for peace inside Afghanistan. “Both countries have interests in Afghanistan.'
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighboring countries and a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Iran and Pakistan, he said.
“For a stable Afghanistan, we need to check terrorism and extremism which is a common enemy of all the three countries. We should help Afghanistan in overcoming the problem of terrorism,” the party leader said.

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