ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday told the National Assembly that Pakistan would complete Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project and the sanctions on Iran imposed by US, UN and European Union would not halt the project.

Responding to a question during question hour in the Lower House, the foreign minister said that gas export was not a part of these sanctions. She was of the view that the country was facing acute shortage of gas and Pakistan took this project seriously.

Talking about the Salala check post attack, Khar said the government was implementing the resolution of joint resolution of the Parliament and Nato supply line was blocked following this attack. To a supplementary question, she said these steps were taken after Salala attack, rather than May 2 incident, as it was fact that Osama bin Laden was found from Pakistan. Parliament and the APC separately have suggested the Government to block the Nato supply in any threatening situation for Pakistan's sovereignty and it had now been implemented, the foreign minister added.

To a question regarding recommendations of the recently held envoys conference, she said that all of these had been sent to a parliamentary committee and now it was on the panel when to present these in the Parliament. She said that it would be the Parliament to decide about the future ties with the US and on NATO supplies.

She further said that Pakistan's foreign policy would be in its national interest, adding that foreign policy should never be static; rather it should be dynamic and changeable in accordance with the situation. Defending the foreign policy she told that the relations with Afghanistan, Iran and India had been improved, besides first ever summit level talks were held with European Union, market access was made possible and Pakistan was close to SCO membership.

To another question about trade points under the dialogue related to grant of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) to India, she said that consultations were being held to increase cross LoC trade points including Jammu and Kashmir.

To a question Federal Minister for Professional Training and Technical Training Riaz Pirzada said affairs of MFN status to India was analysed and the commerce minister had recently concluded a visit to the neighboring country in this regard. He said that the MFN would benefit Pakistan, as now direct trade would be carried out between Pakistan and India.

To another question, he said that Pakistan would respond reciprocally as far as multipurpose visas for India were concerned.