Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that all resources be exploited and all avenues explored to overcome gas shortfall in the country. Different options to import gas from the neighbouring countries be examined to overcome the shortage, he added.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting on Gas issues at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday.
The Prime Minister was told that work on Iran-Pak Gas Pipeline Project and Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India TAPI Gas Pipeline Project is in progress. The Prime Minister was also informed that India is also interested in exporting LNG to Pakistan.
The meeting was informed that domestic consumption of gas constitutes 28% of the total national use of the resource. The Prime Minister gave clear directions to the Ministry of Petroleum that domestic consumers be given precedence in the gas distribution formula over other sectors of the economy so that their daily routine life remained undisturbed.
The meeting was further informed that in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply of gas in the country, load management of gas was done and this was particularly so during the winter season when the demand for gas increased exponentially.
The Prime Minister directed to rationalize gas tariffs to safeguard the interests of the common man.
The meeting was attended by Khawaja Muhammad Asif Minister for water & Power, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Minister for Petroleum, Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Jam Kamal Khan Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Musaddiq Malik Special Assistant to the Prime Minster, senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.