PAKISTAN's power and energy crisis has undoubtedly emerged as one of the most serious problems confronting the nation today. While the government seems ready to take the issue head on, its energy policy seems to be suffering from a bit of confusion. Now it is gas shortage that is causing trouble. A number of power stations and industrial units in Punjab and NWFP that run on gas have been forced to stop working. Secondly, there is a discrepancy when it comes to the supply of gas to different areas of the country. It is a pity that gas is still a rarity in many rural areas and some downtowns. Likewise, the authorities appear to have failed to assess the rising demand-supply ratio in time. That is where they would have to come up with a national energy policy that sees to it that such contradictions are removed. Urgent action is needed at the moment to overcome the shortage. According to experts, there is a possibility of finding new reserves in the country, which must be explored. Besides impediments in the way of projects like the TAPI and IPI should be removed at the earliest.