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Pakistan: A-bombs aplenty, but no lights to see them by

Pakistan’s new government faces many challenges, including terrorism, drone strikes and sectarian strife. But often missing from headlines is the energy crisis in a country at times without power for 20 hours per day, with temperatures soaring to 50C.

Islamabad has refused to bow to US pressure and threats of sanctions, and has advanced plans for a gas pipeline from Iran, which could help ease Pakistan’s massive power shortage.

Pakistan’s power plants could satisfy the country’s energy needs if they had the money to pay for fuel, mainly oil and gas.

"It's a tragedy that a country with atomic weapons is deprived of electricity and has no electricity for even 20 hours a day. How can a country develop in such a situation?" Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to RT.

Across Pakistan, countless people struggle to get by; the energy crisis means that businesses large and small are desperate for supplies. 

For more watch RT’s Lucy Kafanov, who traveled to energy deprived Pakistan.