Islamabad: The US has asked Pakistan to abandon the Iran gas pipeline project and counselled Islamabad to explore alternative energy sources.

Deputy US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland said Pakistan should start looking for alternative energy sources like wind, sun, biogas and cowdung, instead of Iranian gas. Pledging America's readiness to lend a helping hand, he said the US fully realizes the energy crisis in Pakistan and was trying to help it out of the present situation, as reported on Friday.