National Assembly was told that Pakistan merchandise exports rose by 10% in March 2017. The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India has begun and is likely be completed by 2020. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during question hour that the project will support power generation capacity, which will help in overcoming the crippling power shortage crisis. He said the construction of pipeline will also create job opportunities in backward areas along its route. He said the project will help a great deal in meeting the energy requirements of the country's economy. He said the project upon completion would help achieve high GDP growth in the country.
To a question, he said 3220 gas meters have so far been installed in district Lower Dir. He said all new gas connections are provided strictly on turn basis through computer-generated lists.
To another question, the Minister ruled out any discrimination against Sindh in provision of gas to the province. He said Sindh is getting more gas than it had been receiving in the PPP government. Answering a question, he said there is no gas load shedding for domestic consumers in the country. Responding to a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that there is no proposal under consideration to keep the courts open round the clock.
However, he said a draft Bill titled Evening Courts Bill, 2017 for Islamabad Capital Territory is under consideration to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts. He said overall exports receipts grew by marginal 1.2 percent in second quarter of this fiscal year. He said import of Liquefied Natural Gas increased by 144 percent this year which will help mitigate gas shortage in the country and meet the requirements of the industry, especially fertilizer and power generations. He said import of LNG is also releasing local gas for domestic consumers.