The ground breaking of the Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline was performed at Gabd, near the Pakistan-Iran border today. The historic IP project was inaugurated by the H.E. President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart, H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Both the dignitaries were joined by senior officials from Iran and Pakistan. Delegations from Qatar, Oman, UAE and Turkmenistan also attended the event.
After performing the inauguration, both leaders spoke to the assembled delegations from Iran, Pakistan and special invitees. The Honourable Minister for Petroleum, Iran, Mr. Rostam Ghasemi, spoke of the importance of energy, the IP project and its importance in helping Pakistan meet it energy requirements. The Honourable Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Pakistan, Dr. Asim Hussain spoke of the severe energy crisis in Pakistan and its adverse impact on the country’s economy and commercial prospects. He thanked his Iranian counterparts for their help.
President Zardari spoke of the pipeline being a “lifeline” for Pakistan. He stressed on the need and desire to promote intra regional trade and trade without barriers and restrictions. The President spoke of the vital importance of the IP pipeline in meeting Pakistan’s energy shortfall. He thanked his Iranian counterparts and all those associated with the project for materializing the project. President Ahmedinejad, spoke of the IP project being a significant one for the region and Iran’s willingness to assist Pakistan in overcoming its energy problems. He called for promoting trade and commercial links between the two countries.