Central Asian gas for India: pipe dream or reality?

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    Central Asian gas for India: pipe dream or reality?


    New Delhi: Will India's attempt to obtain natural gas from Turkmenistan to augment its energy security requirements fructify? Political stability in transit countries were key to the realisation of the ambitous $10 billion, 1,700 km pipeline project that is envisaged to bring gas from Central Asia to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan, both in throes of political turmoil and civil strife.

    All that Turkmen Ambassador Parakhat H. Durdyev would commit to was delivery of gas at his country's border.

    At the conference, organised by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), on increasing India's linkages with Central Asia, Durdyev said responding to a question on the security of the pipeline: "We will deliver the gas at the border."

    To this, former Indian foreign secretary K. Raghunath, who was chairing the session, added: "Sovereign countries cannot be expected to ensure security beyond their borders."

    Amin Saikal, director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, was more forthright.

    "As long as there is no stability (in Afghanistan and Pakistan), such projects are not feasible. Unless there is stability and security, these projects will remain on paper," he contended. Saikal was supported by Aftab Kazi of Johns Hopkins University who also felt that intra-Afghan politics was muddying the waters for such projects that could be lucrative for the Afghan ecnomy.


    "One view is that the pipeline should come up to Kandahar (in southern Afghanistan) before entering Pakistan. Another view is that it should branch off in the north. Which view will prevail?" he wondered.

    Mohammad Afzal, India's former ambassador to Ashkabad during whose tenure the four-country agreement on the TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) pipeline was inked, insists Central Asian gas will become a reality for India, security concerns notwithstanding.

    "The other day, there was a blast in a pipeline carrying gas from Central Asia to Russia. It was repaired in about 10 days. So what if there is a blast in the pipeline in Afghanistan? It will be quickly repaired," Afzal, who did not participate in the conference, told IANS.

    "If tomorrow there is a blast in a building occupied by a VIP, will that building stop being used?" he asked.

    Pointing to the major stakes Afghanistan had in the project, he had no doubt of its fruition.

    "Afghanistan will earn heavy transit fees from the pipeline. It will also generate 3,000 security-related jobs. One day, come what may, the pipeline will become a reality," Afzal said.


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    As long as Afghanistan is troubled and Pakistan remains hostile any pipeline through them is economic suicide.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It will continue to be a dream through non existent pipes!

    A pipedream!
     
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    The transit fees India pays to Pakistan will itself be quite huge; so huge that they can then buy F-22 which USA will gladly give. Unfortunately Pakistan's single minded existence is like that of Shikhandi who took birth to take revenge against Bhishma. Other than that Pakistan seems to have no purpose.
     
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    Pipe dream, atleast until Balochistan is a part of Pakistan.
     
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    Give peace a chance, destroy Pakistan
     

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