The peace pipeline


1994 to 2014: As the tumultuous ‘peace pipeline’ story nears its 20th year, Pakistan has struck a multi-billion dollar deal with Tehran to import Iranian gas, despite threats of US sanctions. And India’s presence looms in the shadows.

March 2013, the Iran-Pakistan border. The tricolour Iranian flag decked with praise to Allah, and Pakistan’s green flag with the white half-moon symbolising the country’s independence, are painted on large black pipes. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari, the two presidents stand before them beaming as they unveil the shimmery plaque inaugurating the final phase of the Iran- Pakistan (IP) pipeline.

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