Geopolitical Turbulence and Iran-Pakistan Pipeline

Dawn Editorial: WHILE U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu’s recent testimony before a Congressional panel contained no bombshells about the cipher saga, the American diplomat’s replies to questions from lawmakers about the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline should certainly be cause for concern.

Pakistan should be the best judge of its energy requirements, and unsolicited advice such as that offered by Mr Lu should be rejected with thanks…Pakistan should be ready to face such criticism, and take decisions that are in the national interest. Pakistan values its ties with the US and other Western states. But this does not mean relations with other states/ blocs should be held hostage to the whims of its Western partners.

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