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'Historic' pipeline deal would power Pakistan with gas from Iran

LONDON — Iran and Pakistan have signed an agreement for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.   

Officials said the agreement to begin the $7.6 billion project stipulated the pumping of 750 million cubic feet of gas per day by 2015.

They said the pipeline would move through Pakistan and reach India.

"It's a milestone toward meeting energy needs of the country," Pakistani Energy Minister Naveed Qamar said.

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The project, deemed by Qamar as an "historic achievement," was delayed for about 15 years.

Officials said the gas would be pumped from Iran's South Fars field.

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