Pakistan elections set for May

ISLAMABAD, March 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed paperwork securing a date for the country to elect a new government in May, officials said.
Pakistan in talks to open NATO routes

Pakistan in talks to open NATO routes

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told the Pakistani prime minister she hoped their relationship would strengthen as the reopening of supply lines nears.

Iran will provide more power to Pakistan

ZAHEDAN, Iran, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Pakistani Water and Power Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced Iran will build a local power plant to export electricity to Pakistan.

Iran, Pakistan to work on energy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Iranian and Pakistani officials are meeting in Islamabad to discuss cooperation on energy.

Ministers ink Central Asian power deal

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Natural resource ministers from four Central Asian countries signed a trade deal bringing electricity from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan via Kabul, officials said.

Pakistan to get power from Central Asia

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will begin exporting electricity to energy-starved Pakistan as a way to boost relations among Central Asian countries, officials said.

Pakistan facing acute power shortage

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 21 (UPI) -- Pakistan is facing an acute power shortage that is hurting the economy, the minister of water and power warned, noting the need for conservation.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (Urdu: راجہ پرویز اشرف) (born December 26, 1950 in Sanghar, Sindh) is the current Minister for Water and Power of Pakistan in the PM Yousaf Raza Gillani-led cabinet. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party from Rawalpindi District. He has been twice elected MNA from his constituency of Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi District, the latest being the February 2008 elections. He became the Federal Minister in the coalition government of PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections.

Pervaiz Ashraf was born in Sanghar District in the interior Sindh. After completing a bachelors degree from University of Sindh in 1970, his professional occupation has been that of business and agriculture. After that, he joined the center-left PPP, and made Gujar Khan his new home. In the 2008 election he beat the PML (N) candidate Chaudhry Muhammad Riaz in the NA-51 general elections.

It is alleged that being of Sindhi origin, he obstructed the construction of Kalabagh Dam which is located in Punjab. For this reason, the people of Seriaki belt, particularly Mianwali Bhakar and Laya, are not happy with Mr Ashraf as the said dam was to irrigate several lac acres of land in those areas beside generating electricity.

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