stockpile and stockpiling infrastructure.

Pakistan has been hard hit by the recent surge in oil prices, raising its crude import bill by 40% over the past 10 months. It imports some 250,000 b/d of crude oil from Saudi Arabia.

According to Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of Pakistan’s ruling PPP party, Saudi Arabia has indicated it is willing to help. He accompanied Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on a recent visit to Saudi Arabia.