New Delhi: In a little over a decade, India has emerged as a major exporter of petroleum and diesel products in Asia. Inspite of having as low production base, India ahead of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma’s Pakistan visit, is developing a plan to sell 500 megawatt of power to Pakistan, sources said here.

The proposed plan is likely to be tabled during Anand Sharma’s visit to Pakistan for three days starting February 13 with a view to strengthen economies ties. Almost after three decades, an Indian trade Minister will be visiting Pakistan with an 80-member strong business delegation.

During his three day stay, Shama is slated to meet his counterpart Makhdoom Amin Fahim twice on bilateral issues.

According to sources, the two countries may arrive at an agreement on the sale of electricity. Sources added that India may offer selling 500 MW power to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, experts believe that the step will certainly improve the Indo-Pak relations as the neighbouring country is faced with severe power crisis with virtually majority of rural Pakistan forced to live without electricity.

Currently, Pakistan is facing severe shortage of natural gas in its power plants due to which the federal government had decided importing electricity from neighbouring nations including India and Iran to eliminate the ongoing power crisis in Lahore and Karachi.

Both the ministers are likely to discuss the India’s proposal to export petroleum and other products to Pakistan. Pakistan is already importing these products from other countries.

According to sources, currently the Pakistan government doesn’t allow to import petro products from India thus, Pakistan in this context may amend its trade policies soon.

India is ready to export petro products to Pakistan from HPCL-Mittal refinery in Punjab. India is also geared up to expand Bhatinda refinery pipelines to Pakistan border.

(JPN/Bureau)