JNN 12 April 2012 : Riyadh has sent a message to Islamabad offering an “alternative package” to meet Pakistan’s growing energy need so that it can abandon the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, Press reports.
The message from Saudi King Abdullah was conveyed by the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in his meetings with Pakistani leaders on Tuesday.
Unnamed diplomatic sources in Pakistan said Saudi Arabia has asked the Pakistani government to reconsider its decision to pursue energy cooperation with Iran, which includes the construction of the IP gas pipeline and purchasing electricity and oil from Tehran.
The deputy foreign minister also had a meeting with Pakistani premier Yousaf Raza Gilani during which, a prime minister’s aide said a “special message” from the Saudi monarch was delivered.
Saudi Arabia is said to have offered Pakistan a loan for the construction of a new oil facility to bail the country out of its financial and energy crises.
A Pakistani official, who asked not to be named, said the offer would be discussed at a Pak-Saudi joint ministerial meeting which is being planned.
The Saudi official’s visit closely followed a trip by Saudi Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz bin Mohiuddin Al-Khoja last week.
Energy-hungry Pakistan is looking to increase its fuel imports from various sources, including Iran, to reduce power shortages that have crippled the country’s industry and shaved percentage points off its GDP growth.
Washington has frequently indicated its resentment at the IP gas pipeline project. An article published in the International Herald Tribune on January 25, said Washington is trying to lure Islamabad away from the project by offering cheaper gas to the country.
The multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline aims to export a daily amount of 21.5 million cubic meters (or 7.8 billion cubic meters per year) of the Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
The maximum daily gas transfer capacity of the 56-inch pipeline which runs over 900 km of Iran’s soil from Asalouyeh in Bushehr Province to the city of Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province has been estimated at 110 million cubic meters.
This has been now a Proven fact that House of Saud is loyal to the US , and Western Powers and Not to the Muslims of the World , as it is following the foot steps of the Zionist , to make the Miseries of the Muslims worst than ever ,and it is following the US Policies so Blindly , And any voice which comes from US is always seconded by the Saudi Monarchy , with considering the Interest of the Muslims, Now as in this case , as it is not a secret that the Natural Gas is a cheaper and most viable energy alternative for Energy Starved Pakistan’s Limping Economy, but still Saudi Government is trying to Persuade the Pakistani Government not to go for it , as Petroleum is day by day becoming costlier , and the use and import of it has made the Most Prosperous Nations of the West even Crippled ,and they are even in search of cheap energy.
It was good to hear that Pakistan petroleum ministry will finalize this deal of financing and construction of the project with Gazprom of Russia under a government to government arrangement by passing the PPRA rules, so that it would be completed in December 2014 to inject 750 mmcfd gas into Pakistani system.
But now the saboteur are there to Push the Pakistan into Darkness , and to cripple the economy of First Islamic Nuclear Nation of the World. And whom to blame for this , as Pakistan itself have bunches of Black sheeps , who are always ready to Back Stab the People of Pakistan , for the Personal Benefits. But as the History have never forgotten Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiq, and what happened to them , after they back stabbed their own People. So the People should take lesson from the history , and should resist such decisions at all forums , which can ruin Pakistan.