ISLAMABAD The proceedings of the National Assembly on Friday were suspended for 15 minutes due to the absence of the relevant Ministers listed on the agenda to respond to the questions. Observing the absence of the Ministers, Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi suspended the proceedings and said that he would not preside over the session if the relevant Ministers remained absent. After the resumption of proceedings, Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum Muhammad Tariq told the House that Government was working on a comprehensive strategy to overcome power crisis and ensure energy security. Responding to a question, he said that a number of projects had been launched to control the issue. Thar Coal Energy Board, he said, has signed an agreement with Angro Pakistan Limited to set up a 1,000 megawatts power station in Thar area and it would cost $2 billion. Speaking on the same issue, Law Minister Babar Awan said that President Zardari was taking much interest in implementing the strategy to control energy crisis. He further said that incumbent Government was all set to make a parliamentary committee to formulate suggestions for overcoming power crisis expeditiously. Talking about the Supreme Courts decision regarding LNG case, the Minister said that Ministry of Petroleum had been asked to present new summary in the next meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet to expedite the work. To another question, Minister for Petroleum Naveed Qamar said that various steps were being taken to control gas theft and both Sui Northern and Sui Southern gas companies had been asked to take strict action against thieves. He said that Government would also introduce a Gas Theft Bill in the Parliament under which theft of gas would be treated as a criminal offence. To another question, Minister of State for Communications Imtiaz Safdar Warriach said that work was underway on 241 kilometres long Faisalabad-Multan Motorway (M-4) which would be completed at a cost of over Rs 45 billion by 2013. He further said that that work was underway on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) that would be completed at a cost of Rs 12 billion.