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Too many planners

RECENTLY, the commissioner Karachi issued a notification dividing the city into three zones: downtown, uptown and old town. Prima facie, it appears to be an attempt to redefine the city’s…

Ready to shift?

NEARLY three years have passed since the announcement regarding Pakistan’s pivot from geopolitics to geo-economics. So far, this policy shift has proved nothing more than rhetoric. A country’s geopolitical value…

Tackling the electricity challenge

Pakistan is once again facing a shortfall of electricity in winter. Last year, there was a nationwide electricity blackout on account of similar issues. It then becomes essential to discuss…

Pakistan: a victim of hybrid warfare

The concept of hybrid warfare encompasses use of all means available to a state to subdue its adversary and achieve strategic goals without the ostensible use of available kinetic force.…

Pakistan’s missing tryst with AI

If Malala were to redefine her famous quote of “one child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world,” in 2023, she would perhaps state, “one child,…

Planning power

Energy planning in Pakistan is mostly carried out on an ad-hoc basis as a reaction to an urgent crisis. This hasty and short-sighted approach has not only caused irreversible damage…

Criticality of energy management

The current government has been able to secure one additional cargo from Qatar for December 2022 and January 2023 and another expected delivery of commitments made by Eni, which means…

Biden’s forever war

On Saturday, US President Joe Biden ended his week-long tour of Europe to mobilize Nato for conflict with Russia with a belligerent rant in Warsaw, Poland. Media coverage of Biden’s…

A new power plan : Part I

The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has released a new version of the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP). As the name implies, it is a power-generation capacity expansion…