ISLAMABAD : Energy sector expert Dr Gul Faraz has said that the elected government can overcome energy crisis by developing people-friendly policies. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that the provision of gas to industrial sector has been suspended in winter season for the last two or three years but now we should change our priorities and provision of gas to industrial sector should be ensured to increase production. He also said that price of the gas in Pakistan is not favourable for industrial sector and it will be negotiated. He added that Iran-Pakistan [IP] gas pipeline project should be completed before 2015 and coal reserves should be utilized to overcome the energy crisis.

Gul Faraz said that steps should be taken on emergency basis and that is the only way to handle the crisis.

Renowned analyst and journalist C R Shamsi was of the view that provision of gas to industrial sector will lead to an increase in production and subsequently a rise in national income will be a bonus.

Shamsi said that the government should complete all the undergoing short term projects to cope with the energy crisis.