US envoy concerned over Pak-Iran pipeline
08 July, 2012
QUETTA: US Ambassador Cameron Munter has reiterated that Washington is concerned over the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline deal.
He expressed these views during his farewell visit to Balochistan, while briefly chatting with the media in Gadani, a tiny coastal township, on Saturday. He also assured that the US would help Pakistan to meet its energy crisis.
Munter defended the CIA drone attacks in the tribal belt saying that they helped eliminate terrorists, who were the common enemy of the US and Pakistan.
He said the US was committed to obliterating safe sanctuaries of militants, who attacked both Pakistanis and Afghan people.
US drones fired at least 10 missiles in North Waziristan Agency on Friday night that killed at least 21 people. The incident took place a couple of days after the NATO supplies had reopened.
Munter claimed that the drone strikes only targeted militant safe havens in the Pak-Afghan border area. However, independent sources have reported that these strikes often kill civilians and prove to be counter-productive as they provide the militants with an opportunity to recruit local people.
He said that Pakistan conveyed a "positive" message by restoring the NATO supply Route, a decision lauded by the entire world.
Pakistan remains silent over the latest strikes despite that its parliament had categorically demanded an end to the US attacks earlier.
Munter, who was accompanied by his wife Dr Marilyn Wyatt and US Consul General in Karachi William Martin, met with fishermen at the jetty in Gadani and later visited the ship breaking yards where he was briefed on the ship breaking industry.
The ambassador also spoke with the labourers, who briefed him on their working conditions.