Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed today that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkmenistan on Friday for inauguration of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told the House during question hour that the project will help overcome shortage of gas in the country.

She said that there is no ban on domestic gas connections.  However, she said that it is fact that new Industrial and Commercial gas connections are banned in the country due to huge gap between demand and supply of natural gas.  She said that supply of gas to the domestic users is top priority of the Government.

She informed the House that in Rawalpindi, in the last few years including publically and privately developed housing societies, company's gas pipeline network has been over extended irrespective of dwindling gas supplies.  She said low gas pressure complaints have been received from areas of Rawalpindi city located at extreme tail end of company's gas pipeline network.  She pointed out that the Government is spending 8.7 million rupees for augmentation of gas supply in Rawalpindi.

Replying to a question, Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told the House that a long term agreement for sale and purchase of LNG has been signed between Pakistan Government and the Government of Qatar.  She said the agreement will be effective after the approval the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet for approval.  She said after approval of ECC price of LNG will be made available.   She said so far fifteen cargos of LNG has been imported on average price of 7.5 to 8.5 dollars per mmbtu and the Government is encouraging private sector to import the commodity.

Answering a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that conversion of existing Karachi-Hyderabad Superhighway into six-lane Motorway on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis is an important part of Karachi-Lahore Motorway project and carries high priority for implementation. He said construction activities are in progress and project is likely to be completed in September 2017.

Sheikh Aftab informed the House that there is no change in the route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC).  He said an additional route has been included that is Hasanabadal-Mianwali and D.I.Khan for which thirty billion rupees have been allocated.

Answering a question, he said that eight hundred and ninety six laws in respect of Primary Legislation and four hundred and twenty three laws pertaining to subordinate legislation are available on the website www.pakistancode.gov.pk.  He said Urdu translation of these laws is in progress to facilitate the people.

To a question, Sheikh Aftab told the House that Gojra-Shorkot and Shorkot-Khanewal sections of Faisalabad-Multan mortoway were delayed due to land disputes.  He said now when the land has been acquired and funds are available, the Government is making all out efforts to complete these two sections at the earliest.