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President Hassan Rowhani of Iran and his delegation have returned home, and both sides will consider the last two days work as time well spent. Iran is fast emerging as an important trading partner and energy supplier. Work on the much-delayed gas pipeline is far advanced on the Iranian side and needs to be put on fast-forward in Pakistan. Iran is said to be able to provide gas for Pakistan “within a few months” – welcome news in the light of the current gas shortages nationally. The project has been dogged by difficulty and delay from the outset. It is to be hoped that the path is now clear for it to reach fruition. Iran already sells 1,000MW of electricity to Pakistan and this is to be increased to 3,000MW.