ISLAMABAD - Realising that the energy crisis could threaten the longevity of the PPP tenure in government, President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday stressed the need for innovative and out-of-box solutions to the energy crisis. Having a briefing by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources here at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President stressed the need for increasing oil and gas production in the country so that the power generation could continue unabated. He required the petroleum sector to feed the power generation sector on priority basis to reduce loadshedding by optimising the thermal power at least since the hydel was dependent upon the water availability. "Increasing the production would also lessen the burden of massive oil import on the external trade balance of Pakistan," officials quoted the President as addressing the meeting. Therefore, he called for stepping up oil and gas exploration. According to the officials, he said that the economy could not be sustained without energy and there was a pressing need for multiplying domestic energy production. He said that energy security, like food security, was critical in the modern day world and called for devising a comprehensive energy security plan. "An effective energy security plan also involved dialogue at the regional level for cooperation in energy sector," the officials further quoted the President. The President said that the government had also planned to hold dialogue with the stakeholders in Balochistan to bring peace so that the oil and exploration and development activities in the province could be carried out without any hindrance. He also called for carrying out aerial surveys for exploration of oil and gas. In this context, he said that during his visit to China he found the Chinese political leadership keen to assist Pakistan in all developmental activities. He called upon the relevant officials to develop new models of private public partnership in the oil and gas sector with the Chinese entrepreneurs.