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Work on IP gas pipeline only after Iran curbs go, NA panel told By Israr Khan in The News, Jan 10, 2017

11 January 2017 No Comment

ISLAMABAD: The government will start work on the Pakistani section of Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline once the United States and the UN remove sanctions on Tehran, officials of the Ministry of Petroleum informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources here on Monday.

An official of Interstate Gas Systems (ISGS) informed the parliamentary body that Iran was still facing sanctions and work on the section from Gwadar to Iranian border would be started after sanctions were over. The petroleum ministry officials said work had been stopped on the IP gas pipeline project due to sanctions.

The committee was also informed that the transit agreement on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) had been finalized and India would give transit fee to Pakistan and Afghanistan under this project.

It was informed that work on clearing mines in Afghanistan on TAPI route had been started.  Petroleum Secretary Arshad Mirza told the committee that money collected through Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) was being spent on gas pipelines.  www.thenews.com.pk/print/178055-Work-on-IP-gas-pipeline-only-after-Iran-curbs-go-NA-panel-told

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