Russian Ambassador in Pakistan Alexey Yurivich Dedov said that his country is ready to extend support to Pakistan for overcoming prevailing energy crisis and up-gradation of Pakistan Steel Mills.

Addressing the members of the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Wednesday, he added that his country was willing to provide technology and experts for the up-gradation of Jamshoro and Muzaffargarh thermal power plants as well as Pakistan Steel Mills. He said that Pakistan needed to form a sustainable and long-term policy and pursue it consistently for this purpose. He said that converting power plants to coal from gas was not an easy task.

He said that Pak-Russia bilateral relations especially cooperation in defence sector improved considerably. He said that terrorism in Pakistan was an issue of serious concern for Russia as well and it stood with Pakistan against the menace.

He pointed out that there was huge potential in Russian markets while the Pakistani industrialists and traders could exploit the potential. He said that although the trade delegations were being exchanged, the number of such exchanges should be increased. Answering a question, he said that a branch of National Bank of Pakistan had become functional in Moscow while more Pakistani banks would be allowed to open branches in Russia very soon.

Speaking on the occasion, Yuri Cozolve, trade attaché at Russian Embassy in Islamabad, said that there existed big room for cooperation in trade and industry. He offered the local business community to arrange their meetings with their Russain counterparts. “You can launch joint ventures with Russian businessmen and institutions, but make it clear that Russian government does not do any trade,” he added.

Honourary Consul of Russia Habib Ahmad said that Multan is the agricultural hub of the country and the Russian ambassador should play role for bringing technology to agriculture, health and education sectors of the region. President of Multan chamber Mian Iqbal Hassan also spoke on this occasion.

PROTEST AS STUDENT RUN OVER BY BUS: The students of Bahauddin Zakariya University staged a demonstration here at Gole Bagh area over the killing of a student in road accident.

BS Computer Science student Ayesha Manzoor had been run over by a bus. The protesters blocked the road and shouted slogans against the driver, who has been arrested by Alpa police. A case has been registered against the driver and conductor.

Meanwhile, the students and teachers of different departments held Fateha for the departed soul of Ayesha Manzoor in BZU campus. The teachers and students also approached the father of the girl Prof Manzoor Rana and condoled with him the sad demise of his daughter.