U.S. leads Pakistan to Iran’s ultimatum

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    U.S. leads Pakistan to Iran’s ultimatum

    The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project “Mir” with the resumption to India has created a noisy scandal. Teheran issued an ultimatum to Islamabad, says Pakistani daily Express.

    The time allowed for the completion of the construction of the gas pipeline by Pakistan ran out in December 2014. Now, the Pakistani government must pay a heavy penalty for failing to implement the project, $3 million per day. :pound:The decision is not subject to revision, managing director of National Iranian Gas Company Hamid Reza Araqi said.

    Teheran and Islamabad were ready to launch the construction of the pipeline in 2010. Meanwhile, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel put huge pressure on Pakistan. Washington promised Islamabad to give economic assistance if it refuses the project in favour of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Washington proceeded from the fact that the American presence in Afghanistan would assure control over this gas pipeline.

    Pakistan has long resisted. The question was solved in January 2013 when the U.S. threatened to impose economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the project. As a result, the initiative died although Iran built its 700-km-long pipeline to the border with Pakistan. Moreover, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran linking them to its nuclear programme.

    Iranian ultimatum, in fact, buries the entire project, says director of the National Energy Security Fund Konstantin Simonov.

    “The gas pipeline is held up by Pakistan’s position, which is determined by the U.S. point of view on Iran and Pakistan’s point of view on cooperation with India. Such complicated projects are always linked to quite serious and political risks. The fact, that Pakistan does not fulfill its commitments due to the U.S. is understandable to Iran. Simply, Iran was banned and has been forced to grasp any gas pipeline project. Iran itself cannot implement the project, while western companies are not in a hurry to make investments because sanctions still remain in force. In short, uncertainty remains,” Simonov said.

    The Mir gas pipeline project is a geopolitical problem, says director of the Energy Development Fund Sergei Pikin.

    “The situation here is more complicated than simply the containment of Iran on the global energy market and its movement towards India and China. Most likely, Pakistan and Iran are isolated story. As a whole, this shows the U.S. policy of the containment of the development of the entire region. Depending on the loyalty to the U.S., these countries are being moved to the fore and receive support for their development. Other countries will become hostages or are being restricted in their development or come under sanctions like Iran,” Pikin said.

    In this case, even Pakistan, close ally of the U.S. in South Asia, has become a hostage of the American policy. :pound: Having a gas-rich neighbour, as Iran, it cannot even partially satisfy its energy hunger.

    In fact, Pakistan is most likely, not a hostage but the bargaining chip of Washington which is interested in creating an arc of instability around China. The U.S. role in the failure of the Mir pipeline project is an example of “managed chaos” in Pakistan. This is aimed at directly hitting at China, Pakistan’s strategic partner in South Asia, and weakening China’s position in the region.

    The interest of Beijing, Islamabad officially invited China to join the Mir pipeline project if New Delhi refuses, also prompted the U.S. to support the TAPI pipeline project in the peak of the Iran-Pakistan-India project.

    The Mir pipeline was planned to pass near Gwadar Port which is practically controlled by China. This would have significantly strengthened China’s position in the region. In fact, the North-East economic and energy corridor is being planned to lay from Gwadar to link it with the Middle East. The U.S. has done its best to contain one way or the other China’s geopolitical ambitions.

    U.S. leads Pakistan to Iran’s ultimatum - News - Politics - Russian Radio
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    Shape of things to come:
    1) The fuel for energy rich middle east and the energy starved south asia and east asia will be under the "managed chaos" of Umrica.

    2) Pakistan is like an impotent with a beautiful blonde with 36D (Read : Iran) lying next to it also Umrica wants Pakistan to practice political chastity when it comes to oil policies.

    3) So far Indian Dipomacy on the TAPI is working. With Rosneft joining in ... its a good win. Now that we can see Russia exerting its diplomatic presence in Afghan..Nice move..uha uha.i laike it..

    4)
    An Ode to China!!
    Nearer, Pak Mir, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
    E’en though it wont cross to raiseth thee,
    Still all thee song shall be, nearer, thy Mir, to Thee.

    Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
    Darkness be over thee , thee rest a stone;

    === @Ray, @pmaitra, @roma, @Srinivas_K @Free Karma @Razor, @all others

    The US position on WoT, underlines the fact that they will be able to control all the major oil deals happening between countries in the region.

    Taking the current warming up of India towards USA IMO, its a strategic advantage taking into consideration the US control in middle east but India has to find alternate means to link with Russia for its oil needs also make progressive strides towards alternate means.
     
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    The article is food for thought.

    What has caught my attention is that the US objection is basically to contain China and create instability in the adjoining countries, as also hamper their development.
     
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    Pakistan has become an overused s%x-worker who is proud of it's high-profile clients. Pakistan tried to play China against India. Seems like we have had the last laugh, doesn't matter who arm-twisted whom.

    India must tell Russia that it must not poke it's dirty nose in South Asia and mind it's own Ukraine, Georgia etc. If Russia agrees then both India and Russia will benefit. China and it's allies (lackeys) somehow oversold and overestimated China's clout. Things will soon get back to normal.
     
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    All read and written, the next questions are -
    What will happen to the penalty now?
    Will Pakistan pay it and how ?
    Will Iran be able to arm twist Pakistan in case the penalty is not paid?
     
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    Iran can stop electricity export to Gawader.
     
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    What a load of crap! :bs:

    Iran has already agreed to drop the penalty issue for the tine being. An agreement was signed last month.
     
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    Pakistan, Iran reach accord for no penalty on unmet gas deal


    Energy-starved Pakistan has convinced Iran to step back from demanding $200m a month from January 1 to compensate for Islamabad’s failure to begin receiving gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field.

    Pakistan has in the past said the Iranian gas is the cheapest option available as its own reserves in the country’s south and southwest dry up. However, officials have complained of continuing US pressure on Islamabad to keep the arrangement with Iran on hold until US-led international sanctions on Tehran are lifted.

    The “new understanding” between the countries revealed by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi removes for now a “take or pay” obligation on Pakistan to compensate Iran whether or not it receives anything under a contract linked to the pipeline.

    “We have a new understanding with Iran,” Abbassi told the Financial Times. “There will be no penalty applicable from January 1.”
    Pakistan produces about 4bn cubic feet of gas per day but officials say the country needs at least 8bn cu ft. The country’s worsening energy supply shortfall has been highlighted in recent days with anxious consumers complaining of gas shortages while the winter chill sets in. The problem has forced Pakistan to halt the sale of compressed natural gas at petrol stations so the gas can instead be diverted for household use.

    A Pakistan foreign ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity said the agreement revealed by Abbassi was important to keep relations intact between Islamabad and Tehran because the neighbours needed to co-operate in fighting Sunni-Muslim militants who have sought to launch operations against predominantly Shia Iran from Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.

    Since last week’s Taliban attack on a school in the northern city of Peshawar, officials have spoken of renewed efforts to improve security ties with Iran.

    Energy experts said gas from Iran would form a substantial part of Pakistan’s energy mix. Sakib Sherani, a former adviser to the finance ministry in Islamabad, said gas from Iran was “a very significant source of future gas supplies to Pakistan. We can’t give up this project.”

    Abbassi said a planned terminal for converting imported liquefied natural gas to gas near Karachi would be “up and running” by March 2015.


    Pakistan, Iran reach accord for no penalty on unmet gas deal | Pakistan Today
     
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    Iran rejects claim of new agreements with Pakistan on IP gas pipeline - Tehran Times

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    Pakistan is a client state of the US and China.

    Wait till the US breathes down its neck.
     
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    not sure if the iran likes to being used to get advantage
     
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    thanks for the mention.
    this is one instance that india can co-operate and be seen to be co-operating with both usa
    ( and israel ) and we should remind , in particular the usa-ians of this cooperation with them
    and not be tardy in asking for quid-pro-quo


    my take is SCRAP THE PIPELINE
    containerize and ship
    the p-line was a project approved by our silent pm MMS and such is the value of it !

    Instead use the Chhabbar facility to ship both Turkmen and Iranian oil via that port to India
    by-pass packland - why give them then opportunity to play games with the pipeline ?
    before chhabbar might be ready us an alternative iranian port.
     
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    Penalty is scrapped.
    Penalty was an armtwist, seems like its not working
     
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    The idea of using Chabahar port to ship gas to India seems a better idea than pipeline going thru terror infected ,unstable and unpredictable Pakistan.
     

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