Pakistan optimistic about pipeline talks

Islamabad, September 9:

India and Pakistan continued a second day of talks on Friday on speeding up work relating to the proposed three-nation pipeline for Iranian gas on an optimistic note. “We will give you good news,” Pakistan petroleum secretary Ahmed Waqar told reporters before going into talks with his Indian counterpart Sushil Chand Tripathi. The India-Pakistan Joint Working Group (JWG) began talks here on Thursday on the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project that is seen as crucial in meeting the growing energy needs of both countries.

An official said that in Thursday’s talks both sides were in agreement on the point that regular meetings of the group would pave the way for rapid progress on the issue.

He said both countries had emphasised that trilateral contacts between Iran, Pakistan and India were a pre-requisite for the 2,661-km gas pipeline project to materialise.