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From oligopoly to monopoly

The House of Sharif has been sorted out, and it seems the noose is now being tightened around the other grand political dynasty. The PPP, which hailed Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification…

Trumping The GOP

Trumping the GOP

Amere technicality now rests between Donald Trump and the Republican presidential nomination. With Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kashich dropping out of the race, posing no significant…

Political Oligopoly

Political oligopoly

Oligopoly is a term used in economics to define the dominance of the market by a small number of large firms that can collude to control the supply and determine…

Afghanistan And The GOP

Afghanistan and the GOP

In my last article I had mentioned the virtual absence of Afghanistan and the ongoing war from the campaign rhetoric of the two major American political parties as they move…

Will the power sector ever deliver?—II

After explaining the issues with policy and plan, governance and management of the PSCEs, it is important to explain about the operational management — especially of the Discos, which is…

Why has the power sector failed?

The Power Sector has failed the country since more than the last two decades. It all started with the mantra that WAPDA, as an integrated power utility, had failed and…

Replacing hopium with reality Part – IV

A report titled ‘Federal Footprint State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Consolidated Report FY2020-22’ released by the Ministry of Finance last month says that the cumulative losses of 31 entities totalled Rs730.26 billion…

Replacing hopium with reality: Part – II

Pakistan revises its energy prices on a fortnightly (fuel, LPG and LNG), monthly (power) and biannually (gas) basis. This habit needs to be replaced by an approach that smoothens the…

Hopium – II

Energy pricing fortnightly (fuel, LPG and LNG), monthly (power) and 6 monthly (gas) needs an approach that smoothens the impact and reduces the risk without causing political despair every fortnight,…

Coal power plants: early retirement?

Recently, a conference was held in Islamabad on the proposal of “Early Retirement of Coal Power Plants”. Those who are aware of Pakistan’s energy problems went into a shock to…