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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

US Concerns Over Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project

US expresses concerns over Pakistan's engagement with Iran on the gas pipeline project, citing red lines on nuclear proliferation and signaling efforts to prevent its construction while exploring alternative energy solutions and engaging in dialogues on Afghan deportations and refugee rights.

The United States Assistant Secretary of State, Donald Lu, has expressed apprehensions regarding the strengthening relations between Pakistan and Iran, particularly concerning the resumption of the gas pipeline project.

During a Congressional panel hearing on Pakistan, Lu highlighted US red lines concerning nuclear proliferation ambitions and cooperation with Pakistan. He cautioned that aligning with Iran could have serious consequences for US-Pakistan relations.

Lu emphasized the US administration’s goal to prevent the construction of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. He underscored ongoing consultations with Pakistan and questioned the feasibility of financing such a project. The administration aims to explore alternative energy sources and transition to clean energy, aligning with Pakistan’s interests in solar, wind, and hydroelectric power.

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In addition to pipeline concerns, discussions between the US and Pakistan have included Afghan deportations. Lu acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to repatriate over half a million Afghans and expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s support in protecting Afghan refugees with pathways to the United States. The US aims to ensure the rights of Afghan refugees are respected amidst ongoing dialogues with the Pakistani government.

The Biden administration maintains a firm stance against the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, citing potential financial penalties and adherence to sanction laws related to Iran. Lu’s testimony reflects a broader US strategy to engage with Pakistan on energy alternatives, Afghan refugee rights, and mutual security concerns while addressing red lines regarding Iran’s nuclear program.