The National Assembly was informed that a high-power delegation will soon visit Russia to negotiate any possibility of long-term cooperation to acquire gas and oil.
Responding to a question during Question Hour today, Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum Division Hamid Hameed said at present Russia has not offered to supply gas to Pakistan. He, however, said the government of Pakistan has written a letter to Russian authorities on 11th of the last month, conveying interest to the Russian side to procure two to three cargoes of LNG for the month of December 2022 and January next year at discounted price and deferred payment facility. He said the Russian side has expressed its inability to provide the same for these months.
Replying to another question, Hamid Hameed said that 229 fields are producing oil and gas in the country. He said that a total of 16 new reservoirs of oil and gas were discovered during the last year. He said that some blocks for exploration of oil and gas under sea will be offered for auction next year.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said an effective anti-encroachment operation, with the support of local administration and the Frontier Corps, will be launched to retrieve encroached land of Zhob Railway station.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Qadir Khan Mandokhail and Aliya Kamran, he said this land has been encroached for the last 37 years and unfortunately, no attention was given in the past in that regard.
Responding to another calling attention, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Muhammad Sajjad said sale and lease of commercial buildings for residential purposes are not permissible in Islamabad without completion certificate.