Pakistan has decided not to give any guarantee for uninterrupted gas supplies to India through a proposed multi-billion dollar pipeline from Iran, a media report said in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Pakistan and Iran have resolved almost all other issues pertaining to the gas pipeline project, including pricing of gas, project details and quantity of gas to be purchased, Dawn newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying.
Work on the project can be undertaken immediately if Iran does not press Pakistan too much on the guarantee that it had sought to ensure unhindered gas supplies to India through the pipeline, the sources said. Iran had been told by Pakistan that a friendly project between two neighbourly Muslim countries should not become victim to the interests of a third country and Iran should not ask Pakistan to guarantee uninterrupted supplies to India given the history of relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, the sources said.
They said Iran wanted Pakistan to agree to a performance guarantee for gas deliveries if India decided to become part of the project. This will require Pakistan to pay penalties to India for disruption of supplies even in case of sabotage or war between the two countries.
Pakistan is ready to put in place all security measures required to protect the pipeline in its territory but it cannot pay the price for gas disruption when its own security is "threatened by India" or due to any sabotage activity, the sources said.