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Pak-Iran presidents open pipeline work
Publication Date : 11-03-2013
President Asif Ali Zardari is presently in Iran to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the long-awaited Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline.
The government believes the project will help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis and spur economic growth.
“President Zardari is going to Iran along with his team as per schedule to witness this ‘big event’,” the president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Dawn on Sunday.
Brushing aside concerns and pressures of the United States, the spokesman said the whole world should realise that the project was being commissioned purely to meet the economic needs of the country and was being executed by two sovereign states.
“The government is going to initiate this important project in view of the energy requirements. The project will bring economic prosperity, provide better opportunities to the people and help defeat militancy,” he said.
The ceremony is being held in the Iranian border city of Chabahar, according to details released by the ministry of petroleum and natural resources. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Zardari will jointly inaugurate the pipeline construction work.
Zardari is accompanied by a large delegation comprising ministers, members of parliament and political leaders.
Several heads of state have also been invited to the event.