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With possible US support, Pak may abandon pipeline

Source: PTI
September 12, 2005 17:05 IST
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Pakistan may seek United States' co-operation for the installment of four 1,000 MW nuclear power reactors to overcome any energy crisis, in return for abandoning the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline.

President Pervez Musharraf  may discuss this matter during his forthcoming talks with his President George W Bush, a media report said.

The report in the Daily Times newspaper came as Musharraf reached New York, where he would hold talks with Bush, besides Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other world leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

A senior US official has already ruled out Washington extending a nuclear deal similar to the one reached with India on civilian nuclear energy with Pakistan.

Indian and Pakistani leaders have time and again said the IPI project is in the interest of both countries. If US pressure on Pakistan increased, however, it has plans to seek American cooperation, which said.

Pakistan has already made plans to increase its nuclear capacity to generate 8,500MW of nuclear power from the current nuclear power capacity of  427MW, by 2020. The country needs gas and electricity to sustain its current economic growth for the next 10 years, the official in the Planning Division said.

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