Musharraf signs pipeline "agreement" in Iran

Vol 4, PW 10 (21 Jun 00) News in Brief

Unconfirmed reports from Iran suggest Pakistan's ruler General Pervez Musharraf has signed an "agreement" for the construction of a 1,500-km gas pipeline through Pakistan to India.

The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reports an agreement with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) during Musharraf's two-day visit to Teheran on 10th June for a summit meeting of the regional "Economic Cooperation Organisation". Precise details of the "agreement" remain elusive.

Other reports indicate Pakistan has begun work on a gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan. India's Ministry of External Affairs opposes an extension of the pipeline into its territory.