It is comforting to note that that Pakistan’s Foreign Office brushed off American concern over signing of gas pipeline project with Iran as well as handing over Gwadar Port to China. Why should we bother over anyone’s concern when our concerns are not even taken into consideration? Did the US show any remorse over the damage done to our interests when it inked a civil nuclear agreement with India which directly affects balance of power in the South Asian region? Besides, India was accommodated to become the member of the elite nuclear club without having signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari would be in Iran next week to clinch yet another deal with Iran for construction of a refinery and supply of gas in return for foodstuff items. US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has cautioned Islamabad not to sign any deal with Iran that invokes sanctions while referring to the pipeline project. She reverted to the same old red herring of the ‘energy projects’ – one of them as grand as installation of a dozen tube wells – that the US had given to Pakistan. The Foreign Office has done well to be cognizant of the fact that the pipeline project is a quick and cheap means of taking the country out from the shadows of power crisis.