Prime Minister-in-waiting, Nawaz Sharif, Thursday met the visiting Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, and urged him to extend cooperation to Pakistan in civil nuclear technology to overcome energy crisis.


Pakistan, which is currently faces worst power shortage that has crippled normal life and economic activities, is anxious to seek the world help to overcome the crisis.


The authorities resort to nearly 18-hour power cut in major cities and even more in rural areas.


Mr Sharif, who is likely to assume the office of Prime Minister early next month following election victory, met the Chinese Premier in Islamabad, and sought his country’s help in solution to the energy problem.


Both the leader held in-depth discussion on the ways to further strengthen existing bilateral and strategic relationship between the two countries in various fields.


Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is facing acute shortage of power and China can help it overcoming through provision civil nuclear technology. He said Pakistan can also reduce unemployment by overcoming energy crisis.


He said Pakistan wants to take advantage of Chinese experience for infra-structure development.


The Chinese Prime Minister congratulated Mian Nawaz Sharif on the success of his party in the general elections and hoped it will help further strengthen democracy in the country. He invited Nawaz Sharif to visit China at his convenience.


Later talking to newsmen Nawaz Sharif said that economic and defence relations would be further expanded with China.


He said memorandum of understandings signed during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister will be converted into regular agreements. He said China has proved to be most trust worthy friend of Pakistan and our internal differences do not affect relations with China.


Nawaz Sharif said that both the countries would continue to work jointly for the promotion of peace in the region and for the economic development. He said the economic cooperation will enhance in the coming months.


He said after taking oath he will visit China at the earliest for which Chinese has invited him.