ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is importing 20,000 tons of additional gas cargo on urgent basis from Azerbaijan to overcome deepening gas crisis in this winter.
Musadik Malik, Minister of State for Petroleum stated this in a private TV channel’s programme.
He said that gas cargo will be imported for the months of Jan and Feb 2023 to meet growing demand as winter will be at its peak during these months in Pakistan.
Malik said that Imran talked about the Russian pipeline and not the petroleum oil products during his visit to Moscow.
Russian Petroleum Minister is visiting Pakistan in Jan 2023 to hold further talks with Pakistan to finalise crude oil sale agreement.
Malik noted that the coalition government wants to buy Russian crude oil at a discounted rate as compared to rest of the world.
He said that this expectation of Pakistan was conveyed to the Russian side during recent visit Pakistan delegation led by him..
Talking about Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s statement on Russian oil, Malik said that Bilawal was not aware about the technicalities and had no proper information in this regard.
The minister apprised that we are working on Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) pipeline to import 1300 billion MF Gas yearly from Azerbaijan to Meet the Gas crises in the country.
Adding that the access of Furnace oil import is being stopped to maintain the balance.
He informed that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with his cabinet is working to manage the circular debt issue in order to get out the masses from its burden.