Under Pressure, Pak Signs Energy Pact

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  • If Pakistan ensured that the first day of Saarc ended on a disappointing note, it more than made up for it by instilling some `energy' into the South Asian body.
  • Even if under pressure from several member-countries, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif agreed to sign the Saarc framework agreement for energy
  • Signing of agreement by Pakistan PM allowed India to hail PM Narendra Modi's first Saarc outing as a “success“.
  • The Indian cabinet had approved the agreement which comprises a regional power grid, only last week in anticipation of its signing a the Saarc summit.
  • Many of these leaders who had expressed disappointment before Modi at the failure to sign three key agreements for connectivity and energy , took up the issue with Sharif at the retreat.
  • Sharif may also have felt that he would risk marginalisation if Pakistan continued to delay the agreement.
  • Seeking greater cooperation in the power sector among Saarc countries, the agreement is expected to improve power availability in the entire region by facilitating an integrated operation of the regional power grid.
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