ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani directed the ministry of petroleum and other stakeholders to work on war footing to ensure that people are put to minimum inconvenience due to gas shortage during the winter months of November, December and January. Chairing a high-level meeting here on Friday, the prime minister directed the ministry of petroleum to accelerate the process of increasing the supply of gas in the country. All irritants in the way must be removed as of today, he said. An attitude of business as usual is unacceptable, he added. The others who attended the meeting at Prime Ministers House included Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, Secretary Finance, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary Petroleum, Acting Chairman of FBR and other senior officials of the relevant ministries. The ministry of petroleum and natural resources briefed the meeting about various gas development projects like Iran-Pakistan and TAPI gas pipelines and import of LNG to overcome the shortage of gas in the country. The PMr directed that work on these projects should be expedited and all the concerned authorities should meet in quick succession, if need be, to evolve an operational strategy aimed at speeding up the work to overcome the energy deficiency in the country at the earliest possible time. The Prime Minister also underscored the need of launching an awareness campaign to sensitise the people to the imperative of energy conservation particularly the gas conservation measures in the upcoming winter to ensure maximum benefit and comfort to the people.