The National Assembly (NA) was informed on Tuesday that no gas load shedding was being carried out in any part of the country.

Responding to an attention notice, moved by Agha Hassan Baloch, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan admitted there was an issue of low gas pressure in different cities.

He said that the Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited was executing two projects of replacing the old pipelines with new ones at a cost of Rs2.28 billion. He said that the laying of new pipelines and installations of new compressors would help address the issue of low gas pressure.

He said that the gas distribution companies have also been directed to check their losses and gas theft. Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi told the House that a plan would be unveiled in March next year to make the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) more meaningful and vibrant. He said, “National security is the focus of the government.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Muhammad Khan said that all the stakeholders, including the opposition parties, should sit together and formulate a charter of economy.

Responding to the points raised by Ajmal Khan on the problems faced by farmers, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said that the government was prioritising to the uplift of agriculture sector as this sector is also being made part of multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

On the protest of teachers of basic education community schools at D Chowk in Islamabad, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood assured that their salaries would soon be paid after an approval of over three billion rupees by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for this purpose.