| GEO Pakistan|
| Zardari calls for innovative solutions for energy shortage|
| Updated at: 2051 PST, Wednesday, October 22, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday stressed the need for innovative and out of box solutions to increase oil and gas production in the country for meeting the growing energy needs.
During a briefing in the Presidency on the petroleum issues he called for stepping up oil and gas exploration. He said that economy could not be sustained without energy adding, “there is a pressing need for multiplying domestic energy production.”
He said that energy security, like food security, was critical in the modern day world and called for devising a comprehensive energy security plan. He said that an effective energy security plan also involved dialogue at the regional level for cooperation in the filed of energy.
The President said that the government had also planned to hold dialogue with the stakeholders in Balochistan to bring peace so that the oil and exploration and development activities in the province could be carried out without hindrance.
He also called for carrying out aerial surveys for exploration of oil and gas. President said Chinese political leadership was keen to assist Pakistan in all developmental activities.