ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has emphasised that the demand and supply gap of gas be reduced to ward off any difficult situation for the common people of the country. Gas supply, he said, was critical to the energy needs of the country including the power sector thus requiring focused attention. The Prime Minister stated this while chairing a special meeting to review supply and demand of gas, here at PMs House Monday afternoon. The Prime Minister directed that the Mashal (long-term) gas supply project be resubmitted before the ECC at the earliest in consultation with the Advisor Finance. The second project of short-term gas supply as advertised on 18th July 2009, he added, should also be brought before the ECC. He stressed that transparency be maintained and requisite rules and procedures should be strictly followed while finalizing the details of the projects prior to submission before ECC. Earlier the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Syed Naveed Qamar and Secertary of the Ministry Kamran Lashari briefed the Prime Minister on the prevailing situation with regard to availability of gas and the increasing demand. They apprised the Prime Minister of future needs and various projects including Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline to ensure regular and timely supply of gas to meet the requirements of the country. The Secretary explained the details of the steps being taken for procurement of LNG as per decision given by the honourable Supreme Court. The meeting was also attended by Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Advisor to Prime Minister on Information Technology.