ASHGABAT (Agencies) - Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and India have signed a $7.6 billion deal to construct gigantic natural gas pipeline. President Asif Ali Zardari, along with his Turkmen and Afghan counterparts, witnessed the signing ceremony. The over 1600-kilometre-long US-backed pipeline will pass through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan and will connect to the National Gas Supply Network in Multan. After passing through Pakistan, it will culminate in Fazilka, India. Zardari assured complete security and full support to the multi-billion-dollar project, and said it would change the development paradigm of the entire region. We shall work together to bring this project to early fruition, Zardari said in his address to the summit to ink the historic Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) agreement to provide gas from the Turkmen fields to other partners. This resource-rich region can complement the economies of our countries, Zardari said and added trans-regional development cooperation holds the critical key to promoting durable stability and economic development in the region. The President said Pakistan was committed to the early realization and full implementation of this project and assured to play its part. He urged the participating countries to agree on a timeline for the completion and for taking other steps necessary for the projects success. He said practical steps were needed in this respect and suggested setting a deadline of one year to get the financial closure. He said financial closure would be half the work done and take the project forward. The President offered use of