Iran-Pakistan-India gas link deal seen in June, despite US objection

Greater Kashmir

Doha, Apr 23: Pakistan, India and Iran are likely to sign their $7 billion gas pipeline deal in June, in defiance of US pressure, Pakistan’s and India’s oil ministers said on Sunday.
The oil ministers of Iran and Pakistan had told Reuters on Saturday the three countries were very near final agreement on the project to pump Iranian gas through Pakistan to India.Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri had said he expected the signing to take place in Tehran in June, but Indian and Pakistan had not given a precise time scale.”Most probably it will be signed in June,” Amanullah Khan Jadoon said on Sunday. Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora also said on Sunday a June signing was likely and that he was impatient for progress on the project first mooted more than a decade ago. “These things have taken so much time. We are all three parties sincerely dedicated to this project,” he said.