Islamabad Urged to Boost Ties with Tehran after Sanctions Lift
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Abida Hussain, a former Pakistani ambassador to the US and parliamentarian, called on the Pakistani government to improve its ties with Iran following the termination of anti-Tehran sanctions.
“Iran, in the coming years, will grow stronger economically. This is the country that can really help us meet our energy needs,” The Express Tribune quoted Hussain as saying on Monday.
Referring to the construction of Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline, she said, “The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline can help us a lot and in Iran, too, there is great demand for our textile, chemical and agriculture products.”
Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement for the construction of the gas pipeline in 1995. The IP pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs at a time when the country of over 180 million people is grappling with serious energy shortages.
The remarks came against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and implemented it on January 16.
The comprehensive nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.