Ben-Obama’s administration has threatened Islamabad to abandon its multi-billion dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipe line (I-P) deal singned in Istanbul last year. Under pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups, Washington wants Pakistan to pursue the delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project which by-passes Iranian territory.
A few days ago, US Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, Ambassador Carlos Pascual (receiver of Torch of Liberty Award from National Conference on Soviet Jewry in 2003), “advised” Islamabad to abandon its plans to import gas from Iran.
Last month, India decided not to buy Iranian gas from Pakistan and cut a deal with Turkmenistan to join TAPI project. Iran’s so-called ‘friendly country’, Russia too expressed its willingness to joint TAPI project. The Asian Bank financed 1,050-mile long TAPI pipeline would run from Turkmenistan’s Dauletabad gas field across Afghanistan and Pakistan and terminate at the northwestern Indian town of Fazilka. The project hit a snag after Washington’s Taliban regime change in Afghanistan.
Only if Pakistan leaders are smart enough to realize that I-P pipeline is far more beneficial to Pakistan than the TAPI. The first will not only resolve country’s energy problem but will also allow Islamabad, as a warehouse, to sell gas to China and India at rates of its own choice. However, in the second case, Islamabad will only receive a few million dollars as ‘transit fee’. As far Washington’s military aid carrot – Pakistanis have learned that when it comes to Pakistan’s military conflict with India – America has never been a trusted ally.
The proposed 900-kilometre-long I-P gas pipeline, from Asalooyeh in Southern Iran and Iranshahr near the border with Pakistan, will transport 750 million cubic feet a day of gas from Iran to Pakistan for the next 25 years to generate 4,000 MW of electricity.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Saleh that Islamabad is committed to Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and will complete its part of the project in time. Islamic Republic has already completed 80% of its portion of the I-P project. However, Pakistan is behind its schedule due to lack of financing. The I-P project is schedule to go in operation in 2014.
Christopher Bollyn in his August 2009 article Dick Holbrooke – The Zionist Agent in Obama’s Vietnam
: “U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 when they were supposedly sent in response to 9-11, although no Afghans were involved in the terror attacks. The U.S. reportedly gave up its pursuit of Osama Bin Laden years ago. So why did the U.S. invade Afghanistan and why are we still there? Why has President Obama increased troop levels in Afghanistan? The short answer is the TAPI gas pipeline, which will carry gas from Israeli-owned and managed gas fields in Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and China. Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are both very rich in gas reserves. The Turkmen mineral assets are managed by the former Mossad agent Yosef Maiman. Building the TAPI pipeline is a Zionist pipe dream that will use the mineral wealth of Turkmenistan to benefit Maiman and his partners. This is the main development project that U.S. policy is trying to accomplish. Transit fees from the gas pipeline are intended to support the government in Kabul.”
“Whenever there is some progress on the I-P deal, the TAPI project is brought in focus. The US does not want the IP deal to materialize, says Business Recorder
. “It will not be long before TAPI is brought back in the limelight to lure attention away from the real deal. It is about time, Pakistan decided which boat it wants to put its feet in. The I-P deal is arguably the best option, but do the policymakers have the guts to stand up and go against the US? If they don’t, they should better start exploring other avenues and if they do, they should start lobbying for the project financing. One way or another, now is the time to decide”.
Iranian ambassador to India, Syed Mehdi Nabizadeh has said China has shown its interest to replace India in the I-P project (watch video below).