ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan’s huge alternative energy potential holds the key to overcome the acute energy crisis facing the country.The Prime Minister expressed these views while taking presentation on solar energy resources in Pakistan and investment opportunities by a consortium of foreign and local companies. “All avenues need to be explored and every effort needs to be put to tap the alternative energy potential of the country,” he said. While addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said that his government would go an extra mile to facilitate those companies and firms, which transfer technology through their investments in the alternative energy sector in Pakistan.The Prime Minister observed that Pakistan possesses huge potential of solar and wind energy and reservoirs of coal and other fossil fuels to produce electricity and if utilised optimally it would help improve people’s standard of living.The consortium showed confidence in the leadership of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and informed that the pro-investor policies of the present government have attracted them towards investment opportunities in Pakistan.The meeting was attended by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water and Power, Dr Mussadiq Malik, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, and senior officials of the government.Online adds: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of non-provision of gas supply to thermal power houses.According to the statement released from the PM House, Nawaz Sharif ordered to ensure gas supply to power houses on immediate basis and sought report from the concerned authorities.It is important to mention that the generation of electricity was affected due to the non-provision of gas to thermal power houses. Meanwhile, Mian Nawaz Sharif has decided to personally monitor the latest data including availability and consumption from different modes on electricity.In this regard, the Ministry of Water and Power has installed equipment about latest data on electricity generation and its consumption at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that now the Prime Minister will personally monitor the latest data including availability and consumption from different modes on electricity and will issue directives in accordance with the situation.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 27-Jun-2013 here.