Pakistan News/Islamabad: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday assured the National Assembly that Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project would not be affected by the UN sanctions on Iran and the project would go according to its schedule.
Replying to a question regarding future of Pak-Iran Gas pipeline Project after the UN sanctions on Iran, the minister said there were three kinds of sanctions – UN sanctions, US sanctions and European Union sanctions.
However, she said that export of gas from Iran did not fall under the UN sanctions. Due to severe gas shortage in the country, the foreign minister said that Pakistan would do its best to meet its energy requirements and import gas from Iran.
She said that the government would complete this vital project as soon as possible.
Hina said that as for as the foreign policy of Pakistan was concerned it would be in accordance with national interest.
To a question about across the Line of Control (LoC) trade, she said, the government was trying to increase trade with India and across LoC trade was Pakistan’s policy in the ongoing talks with that country.
About Pakistan’s future ties with US and closure of NATO supply, the Minister said, Pakistan’s sovereignty came under threat after the NATO attacks and the Prime Minister immediately directed a reassessment of the foreign policy and accordingly an envoys’ conference was convened.
The Minister said that it was for the first time that Pakistan lodged a strong protest with the US after the attack and blocked the NATO supply.
She said that after the May 2 incident, it was stated in a resolution of joint session of the Parliament that if such kind of attack was repeated against our sovereignty, then NATO supply would be blocked.
The credit for that goes to the democratic government, she said.
She said that NATO containers had damaged Pakistan’s infrastructure to a great extent and added that future of NATO supply would also be decided by the Parliament.
She said that Parliamentary Committee on National Security was finalizing its recommendations about country’s future ties with the US and NATO.
She said these recommendations would be put before joint session of the Parliament, adding, “it is the Parliament which will decide Pakistan’s relationships with US, NATO and ISAF.”
“We must admit that this government has taken all the recommendations of the Parliament very seriously,” she added.
About the foreign policy, Hina Khar said that it was for the first time that access was given to Pakistani products to European Union (EU) and strategic level talks with the EU were started.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan was focusing on regional stability and the cornerstone of its foreign policy was to reach out to neighboring countries.
She said after the PPP-led government came into power, Pakistan’s relations with all its neighbours, including Afghanistan, India and Iran were improved.