Friday, May 4, 2012

Pakistan will not give in to U.S. pressure on Iran pipeline: Khar

Pakistan’s foreign minister says her country will not give in to foreign pressure from the United States which aims to make Islamabad give up Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project.

Addressing a student gathering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Hina Rabbani Khar emphasized that Islamabad will not give in to U.S. pressures to mothball the project and will finish the huge pipeline project at any cost, the Urdu-speaking Nawa-e Waqt newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another Pakistani newspaper, The Express, quoted Rabbani Khar as saying that the completion of the IP pipeline project is in line with Islamabad’s national interests.

She added that Pakistan is bent on pursuing its independent policies at international level and will finish the IP pipeline project “at any cost.”

She also slammed repeated attacks by the U.S. assassination drones on Pakistan’s tribal regions, saying that such attacks will certainly affect Islamabad’s relations with Washington. Read More