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Senate panel calls on overseas ministry, AGP to make clear considerations raised by US relating to Iran-Pak fuel pipeline



The Senate Standing Committee on Cupboard Secretariat has taken the step of summoning each the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and the Lawyer Normal for Pakistan (AGP). This summons is in response to the necessity for these authorities our bodies to supply a complete briefing to the committee. Particularly, the committee seeks to realize insights into the objections which have allegedly been raised by the US in regards to the Iran-Pakistan (IP) fuel pipeline venture, which is a big multi-billion-dollar initiative.

Tehran has been claiming to have accomplished its facet of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline for which a groundbreaking ceremony was collectively carried out by then presidents Asif Ali Zardari and Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Iranian web site of Gabd, close to Chahbahar in March 2013 with an estimated value of $7.5bn on the time.

Pakistan had dedicated to finish its facet of the venture by January 2015. Nevertheless, in February 2014 then petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi informed the parliament that the Iran-Pakistan venture was “off the desk” because of worldwide sanctions.

Earlier this yr, former petroleum minister Musadik Malik defined that regardless of being absolutely dedicated to its contractual obligations below the Fuel Gross sales and Buy Settlement (GSPA), the Authorities of Pakistan had been unable to start out building of the pipeline because of US sanctions on Iran.

Officers mentioned Pakistan had requested Washington earlier this yr for an answer for the venture to assist overcome power shortages however had not but obtained any response.

In August, Pakistan issued a discover of ‘Power Majeure and Excusing Occasion’ to Iran to droop its contractual obligation on completion of the fuel pipeline. Merely put, Pakistan had expressed its incapacity to pursue the venture so long as US sanctions on Iran stay in place or Washington tacitly inexperienced lights Islamabad to go forward with the venture.

The matter got here below dialogue as we speak in the course of the Senate panel as we speak.

Petroleum Extra Secretary Hassan Yousafzai briefed the committee {that a} deadline for 2024 had been given by Iran relating to the completion of the fuel pipeline and failure to fulfill it might result in fines.

“We try to renegotiate the matter with Iran,” he mentioned, including that efforts had been being made to search out out different methods of acquiring fuel.

The secretary additional expressed considerations that Pakistan might be topic to “liabilities of $20 billion”. The difficulty, he went on to say, was additionally raised with the US.

“Laying the fuel pipeline until Gwadar will value us $2bn,” he informed the panel, including that reneging on the cope with Iran might result in a whopping $18bn penalty.

Commenting on the matter, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed known as for summoning the Ministry of Overseas Affairs to “discover out why can’t we buy low cost fuel from the neighbouring nation”.

“We should always know the explanation behind the obstruction,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the chairperson of the Senate committee, Sadia Abbasi, highlighted that India by no means confronted such restrictions. “How was the settlement even signed amid these restrictions?” she requested.

Right here, PPP Senator Waqar Mehdi mentioned the settlement was signed below the federal government of ex-president Zardari.

The Iranian pipeline was aimed to produce 750 million cubic toes per day (MMCFD) of fuel, though it was vehemently opposed publicly and diplomatically by the US authorities, significantly when Pakistan and Iran signed framework agreements and GSPA in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Pakistan signed the pipeline settlement in 2014, which included a situation that Islamabad can pay billions of {dollars} in penalties if it abandons the venture.

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KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report



PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.

In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.

In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?

The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.

The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.

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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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COAS, Kuwaiti Crown Prince talk about issues of mutual curiosity



KUWAIT Metropolis: Chief of Military Employees Basic Asim Munir on Wednesday referred to as on Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and held an in depth assembly with him involving discussions on issues of mutual curiosity.

The Military Chief was accompanied by Minister for Regulation and Justice and Minister for Local weather Change and Environmental Coordination Ahmad Irfan Aslam.

The assembly was additionally attended by Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Mohammad Farooq.

Earlier, COAS Basic Asim Munir arrived in Kuwait, accompanied by a navy delegation on an official go to that can final a number of days.

Upon his arrival, he was acquired by His Excellency the Chief of Basic Employees of the Military, Main Basic Engineer Dr. Ghazi Hassan Al-Shammari, and quite a few senior military officers.

In the meantime, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah met on Wednesday and agreed to deepen bilateral relationship between their nations in various fields.

The prime minister reaffirmed the significance Pakistan attaches to its relationship with Kuwait and reiterated the will to additional increase bilateral cooperation in various fields, the PM Workplace’s media wing stated.

PM Kakar underscored the resolve to forge deeper financial engagement between Pakistan and Kuwait-including in commerce, vitality, data expertise, labour, mineral and investments.

The Crown Prince of Kuwait reciprocated the emotions of the Prime Minister and reiterated the will of Kuwaiti management to additional deepen and broaden bilateral relations with Pakistan.


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