Qatari LNG isn't expensive at the source especially when compared to Iranian gas. If they introduce a middleman (read politician's front men) then it may be expensive.well yes it does make sense, the gap of not buying anything would be used to payoff the debts. i read the zd3's were not needed as the erieye was more capable, but were purchased as musharaf wanted to further improve ties with china?
$275 million down the drain.
also what you said about falling export and climbing debts and imports. not to forget expensive qatari lng.