PAKISTAN: IPI gas deal not waiting for India

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said the IPI gas pipeline project will be completed irrespective of India's participation.

PAKISTAN: IPI gas deal not waiting for India

In a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Islamabad, Musharraf said Pakistan would not tolerate any external pressure to abandon the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project, Pakistan's Daily Times reported.

Musharraf said the deal was important for Pakistan to meet its energy needs and called for the multi-billion-dollar project to be implemented as soon as possible. He further expressed hope that India would rejoin the project, adding that talks were under way with Indian officials in this regard.

New Delhi left the trilateral talks over differences with Islamabad on issues such as the fee Pakistan would charge India for gas transit. The two remaining parties were forced to continue negotiations without India.

Iran and Pakistan began a new round of talks on the project, also known as the 'Peace Pipeline', in mid-December in Tehran, where the details of the deal were finalized.

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