AHMER BIN SHAHID
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman
Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has termed Iran's nuclear deal a positive step.
the deal will have positive effects on Pak-Iran gas pipeline project. He said
that the government of Pakistan is currently focusing on the finances and other
matters related to the project.
He said that the project was vital for Pakistan
and the situation regarding the implementation of the project would become
clear during next year. Renowned economist Dr Akmal Hussain also said that the
western powers have made an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear issue and
Pakistan should benefit from the interim period of six months for construction
of the pipeline.
He suggested that the government of Pakistan should also
discuss the project with the United States and global financial institutions to
achieve its objectives. Energy expert Dr. Gulfaraz Ahmed said that Pakistan
should demand of the United States to help construct Pak-Iran gas pipeline
project, in return of its services.
He said that the changing diplomatic
relations of the United States and Iran would have good impact on the project.
He claimed that funding for the project would not be a problem if Pakistan
seriously wanted to construct the project. Renowned industrialist Dr. Mirza
Ikhtiar Baig said Pak-Iran gas pipeline is most viable option for Pakistan to
meet its energy requirements.
He said that Iran's deal on its nuclear issue
would facilitate the project. He added that now the international financial
institutions would also be encouraged to provide funds for this project.