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Nawaz looking towards India for help in energy crisis

Working against time, the Nawaz-led government is looking seriously towards India to bail it out of the worst energy crisis facing the country.

As promised during the election campaign, attempts are also being made to ensure that other areas in trade between the two neighbours are put in the fast lane.Efforts are also being made to contact other ‘neighbours’, which have not been named, to provide Pakistan with energy.

Looking to provide relief to the masses before the beginning of Ramazan, Nawaz on Friday told officials to “examine the possibility of importing energy from neighboring countries on immediate basis,” said an official source.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir met Indian Commerce Minister Mr. Anand Sharma at his New Delhi office on Friday. “He had a useful exchange of views on a broad range of subjects pertaining to economic and trade cooperation between Pakistan and India,” said a statement from the high commission.

The News understands that Anand Sharma is likely to visit Pakistan in September during the trade expo in Karachi.

However, the Press Trust of India (PTI) claimed that Nawaz had personally asked the Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to expedite a visit by theIndian energy experts to Pakistan.Sabharwal, who is soon leaving Islamabad, met with Nawaz before the latter was sworn in as the prime minister.

This request immediately saw Indian experts in the town and earlier in Lahore as well, while the PTI also pointed out that the Indian delegation held discussions with the representatives of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited in Lahore before traveling to Islamabad.

On Thursday, Pakistan told the Pakistani and Indian Chambers of Commerce that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had accorded priority to good neighbourly and mutually-beneficial relations with India.

“The roadmap charted by the two commerce ministries will be worked out and pragmatic steps are required in this direction,” High Commissioner Salman Bashir informed a joint delegation of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the SAARC Chamber which called on him in New Delhi.

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