ISLAMABAD - Pak-Iran gas pipeline project will help overcoming the countrys power problems and improve energy supply, particularly to the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Businessmen asserted this in a meeting at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Tuesday. Chairing the meeting, President ICCI Zahid Maqbool said that it would contribute effectively in averting Pakistans growing energy crisis. He was of the view that the gas suspension, particularly to the textile industry, had immensely damaged the productivity of that sector, while all the vital sectors of the economy including agriculture, large scale industries, SMEs and international trade had suffered due to the power shortage. However, he hoped that gas supply from Iran would mitigate energy woes of business, industry and people at large. Businessmen said that the Government should also utilise all the viable energy sources including coal and renewable to meet the rising energy needs. They demanded of the Government to develop a mechanism of monitoring the line losses and power theft to avoid energy wastage. They said that globally, the standard transmission and distribution losses were less than 10 per cent of the total production, while in Pakistan, they were 35 and even 42 percent in some areas, which needed to be brought down to the international standards.