Pakistan hopes for Russiaâ€™s support in overcoming energy crisis Pakistan hopes that Russia will provide support for overcoming the severest energy crisis, Pakistanâ€™s Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said. â€œAt present, Pakistan suffers electricity shortage because it did not increase its capacities over the last 10-15 years,â€ Asif said in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS on Monday. â€œElectricity increases in price permanently, particularly in summer. Its shortage prevents the expansion of the economic base and has a negative impact on the growth of GDP, industrial efficiency and the amount of export,â€ he said.â€œI hope that weâ€™ll succeed in improving the situation in this sphere before the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2018,â€ Asif said.â€œWeâ€™ve worked out and implemented a plan for increasing electricity production in the next five years, and for expanding and modernizing power lines,â€ he said. â€œFirstly, we seek to guarantee energy sufficiency in the long term. Secondly, it is necessary to make electricity accessible for the population by setting a reasonable price,â€ Asif said.Pakistan seeks to develop the coal industry and the gas sector, as well as the hydropower industry, he said.