The IP gas pipeline, an ambitious plan initially introduced in 1989 and which would potentially be a big step in finally solving Pakistan’s long-standing energy crisis, looks to finally get underway this month. But not if the US gets its way.
The US State Department has issued a statement today insisting that building a pipeline to Iran from which to import natural gas was in and of itself a “sanctionable” offense, which the US considers wholly unacceptable.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the US intended to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis, but that actually importing energy from a neighbor with a surplus was not the right way to go about it.
The US has repeatedly made such threats over the past several years, and has repeatedly promised energy aid if the plan was scrapped. That energy aid never seems to materialize however, and after stalling the plan for years, Pakistan seems set to go ahead with it.
12 thoughts on “US Threatens Sanctions on Pakistan Over Gas Pipeline”
Oh yeah, let US be your middleman. The markup due to the circuitous route it takes from our approved sources will be modest. Promise. All we want is your mortal soul.
Who does the AIPAC think they are anyway?
The US arm of our Israeli masters.
'SOVERIGN' Pakistan should tell WARMONGER AMERIKA–TAKE A HIKE..
Lets see if Pakistan is going to continue to bend over and hold their ankle for the US.
The Empire tolerates no dissent.
America is broke. It is in a huge financial, moral and PR crisis. If I was a leader of any nation, I would divest from all US corporations, remove all military personel and dump the dollar.
I love your third paragraph!
Tme for Pakistan to block the US supplyroutes to Afghanistan again,
or exact a huge fee for them.
Sanctionable? Is that State Department speak for bombable?
Is this a hint as to the real reason for the US opposition to Iran's nuclear program? If Iran develops peaceful use of nuclear power it would increase its fossil fuel surplus and threaten some Us "people" – i.e. oil and gas corporations.
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