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US Reaffirms Support for Pak’s Energy Woes Amid Iran Gas Pipeline Tensions

Amidst diplomatic challenges and potential sanctions, the US reaffirms support for Pakistan's energy needs.

In a recent statement, the United States emphasized its commitment to aiding Pakistan in tackling its energy shortage crisis, affirming that it considers this issue a priority. The announcement follows discussions regarding the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, a venture that has encountered obstacles and controversy.

The Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline, also known as the Peace Pipeline, has been a longstanding initiative between Tehran and Islamabad. However, the project has faced delays and financial hurdles over the years.

Despite Pakistan’s decision to proceed with an 80-kilometer segment of the pipeline, tensions arose as the US expressed its disapproval and warned of potential sanctions related to dealings with Iran.

US Support for Energy Solutions

While Washington opposes the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, it remains dedicated to aiding Pakistan in addressing its energy needs through alternative means. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller highlighted US efforts in supporting Pakistan’s energy sector, including the addition of approximately 4,000 megawatts of clean energy capacity.

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Additionally, through collaborative initiatives like the United States-Pakistan Green Alliance, the two nations are working together to tackle environmental challenges and promote sustainable energy solutions.

Despite US assistance and the pursuit of alternative energy projects, Pakistan continues to grapple with significant energy shortages and economic challenges. The delay and potential penalties associated with the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project underscore the urgency of finding viable solutions to meet the country’s growing energy demands. Islamabad faces the risk of incurring substantial financial penalties if it fails to uphold its commitments regarding the pipeline, exacerbating its economic woes.