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PM for oil and gas exploration

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said on Friday that challenges should be turned into opportunities in order to accelerate exploration of oil and gas in the country.

Presiding over a meeting on petroleum issues at the PM’s House, Ashraf directed to make the oil and gas production sufficient to meet the growing energy requirements of the economy. “Through joint partnerships, every effort should be put in for enhanced exploration of oil and gas so that more energy could become part of the system to keep the wheels of the economy in motion and overcome the energy shortages,” he added.

He was briefed about the exploration projects of Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL) and incentives to attract investment. He was apprised that in compliance with his directions, fuel supplies to power sector had been enhanced to more than 15,000MT.

He emphasised that locals should also be employed from the areas of exploration activity and provision of education, health, sports and sanitation facilities should be ensured in these areas under the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He directed the Ministry of Petroleum to build up stocks of fuel by storing additional supplies in order to ensure smooth supply of electricity during the ensuing months. He further directed that regular supply of oil to power sector be ensured and arbitrary variations in the oil supply be avoided.

The Prime Minister will visit United Kingdom for four days starting today (Saturday).

He will leave Islamabad in his 12-seater personal plane at 12 noon for the Heathrow Airport, London. On Sunday, he will depart for Bradford by train, where he will address the Pakistani community. On Monday morning, he will have an interaction with Pakistani community and later, will have a dinner with the Pakistani business community.

On Tuesday morning, he will have meetings with the British cabinet members and in the afternoon will have a meeting with his British counterpart David William Donald Cameron. He will also attend a reception by the British parliamentarians and later have an interaction with Urdu media. On Wednesday, he will be departing for Islamabad.

PM’s House Media Secretary Shafqat Jalil told The News that it is an official trip and the PM will also have some meetings with the local business community. Previously, politicians had been making their personal trips as official by using different tricks.

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