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'Pak will go ahead with gas pipeline from Iran'

This was stated by visiting Pakistani Prime Minister who also said that time is now ripe to move towards dispute resolution with India.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 22:18 IST

Pakistan on Tuesday said it would go ahead with the gas pipeline from Iran, with or without India, though all indications show New Delhi is interested in it.

This was stated in London by visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz who also said that time is now ripe to move towards dispute resolution with India.

Aziz added that durable peace in South Asia required a just settlement of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Addressing members of the think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies on "Pakistan's Pivotal Role for Regional Peace, Stability and Progress", Azeez said: "We are pursing plans for gas pipelines from Iran, from Turkmenistan and from Qatar onwards through Pakistan to India and even to China."

Later answering questions, he said, "we will go ahead with the gas pipeline from Iran, with or without India's participation though indications show India is interested. The project is on track."

On Indo-Pak relations, he said, "We are engaged in a composite dialogue as part of the peace process to resolve all issues and improve relations."

"As a result, the atmosphere between the two countries has greatly improved. We have successfully implemented several confidence building measures including increased people-to-people contacts. Cricket has provided a great opportunity to build bridges," Aziz said.

"We believe that the time is now ripe to move towards dispute resolution. A durable peace in South Asia requires a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people," he said.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 22:18 IST