Pak not bound by US sanctions on Iran: Gilani
REZAUL H LASKAR
Islamabad, June 22: Pakistan is not bound by US sanctions imposed on Iran and would only abide by the UN while implementing a multi-million dollar gas deal with Tehran, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said today.
His comments came in response to criticism in some political quarters following indications that Pakistan might back out from the USD 7.5 billion gas pipeline deal if it comes under the ambit of US sanctions.
“As far as the US is concerned, we are not bound to implement (any sanctions imposed by America).
“But if the United Nations will act (against Iran), we will examine (such a move) according to international laws,” Gilani said while addressing a lunch he hosted for parliamentarians.
Gilani said his remarks were aimed at clarifying media reports based on comments he had made at Garhi Khuda Baksh yesterday about the impact of possible US sanctions on the over USD 7.5-billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
The premier had been quoted by the media as saying that the country will abide by any sanctions imposed by the US on Iran.
“If the US imposes sanctions, they will have international implications and Pakistan, as a member of the international community, will follow them,” Gilani had been quoted as saying yesterday.
Gilani issued the clarification after his earlier comments were criticized by some sections of the political leadership.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had said on Sunday that he had warned Islamabad against signing a deal with Tehran on the gas pipeline as the US is preparing sanctions that could affect the project.
Holbrooke told American reporters that Pakistan should not “over-commit” itself to the project till the “comprehensive” sanctions are finalised.
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