MIANWALI - Pakistan needed alternative energy sources like nuclear power to overcome a crippling shortfall of electricity, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday while inaugurating a civil nuclear power plant at Chashma in Mianwali. The project is Pakistans third nuclear electric power plant built with Chinese assistance. Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 (CHASNUPP-2), located near Chashma Barrage on the left bank of River Indus, 32 kilometres from Mianwali city, went operational on Thursday, pumping another 330MW into the national grid in a bid to help meet the countrys growing energy demand and cut down the shortfall. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that this is a memorable and proud moment for Pakistan as the completion of the project takes to even greater heights the long and time-tested Pak-China friendship. He added that tiring efforts of Chinese and Pakistani engineers resulted in completion of Chashma-2 three months ahead of the schedule. He termed this another illustrious example of the Pak-China cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology. He said that benefits of this project will go directly to the peoples of Pakistan to overcome the crippling shortfall of electricity. He assured that his government would strongly support the efforts of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in further developing the civil nuclear power programme of the country. The Prime Minister urged the world community to eliminate discrimination in giving Pakistan access to atomic technology for peaceful use. I wish to use the occasion to urge the international community to eliminate discrimination amongst nations and make this promising technology accessible to Pakistan for peaceful use like power generation, said the PM. He revealed that despite concerns expressed by the West, China and Pakistan have decided to build two more atomic plants at the Chashma site and these two plants are expected to be completed by 2016-17. He added that these two power plants - C-3 and C-4 -are under construction at the Chashma site and will help the PAEC to meet the government-assigned target of generating 8800MW of nuclear power. Earlier, the Prime Minister took round of various sections of the power plant and expressed satisfaction over the level of technological expertise. Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar, Acting Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi and Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Dr Ansar Parvez accompanied the Prime Minister. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wynne, Lt Gen (r) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Director General Strategic Plans Division, and Pakistans ambassador to China Masood Khan also honored this ceremony. PM Gilani is scheduled to make a four-day official visit to China next week.