Gas pipeline faces internal, external opposition: Iranian envoy

PESHAWAR: An Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday that internal and external elements are opposing the gas pipeline project between Iran and Pakistan.
He did not name the internal and external elements, however. “We least take care of these elements’ opposition. We want to help Pakistan overcome energy crisis,” Iranian Consul General Hasan Darvesh Wind told a delegation of journalists who called on him at his office in Peshawar. The delegation included Peshawar Press Club President Nasir Hussain and General Secretary Fida Adeel and some senior journalists, according to a press release issued by the Peshawar Press Club. 
“Both internal and external elements do not want that Pakistan and Iran come closer to each other,” the diplomat said, stopping short of identifying the elements. He said around $3.5 billion trade was taking place between the two countries. “We want to touch $5billion trade between Pakistan and Iran,” Darvesh said. “Media can play an important role to cement the ties between the two countries,” the Iranian diplomat said, adding that Pakistan and Iran should exchange delegations at all levels to understand each other. 

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