Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks in NA 

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ISLAMABAD, April 20 (APP): Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline has begun and is likely to be completed by 2020.

He said this while speaking in the National Assembly here on Thursday during the question hour that the project will support power generation capacity, which will help in overcoming the crippling power 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.
To a question, he said there was no gas load shedding for domestic consumers in the country.

APP/ Saima/mka