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The grid and energy sustainability

In the ambitious quest for a sustainable future, the conversation about energy often revolves around the creation of energy utilizing various fuels, including renewable technologies. Pakistan is blessed with huge…

Perfect gridlock

Pakistan gives a look of a perfect gridlock today. The 11-month-old coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the PTI led by sacked prime minister Imran Khan continue…

An aging grid

In the early hours of January 23, the frequency at one of the 500 KV transmission systems in the south went up to 50.75 Hz, followed by severe voltage fluctuation…

The national electricity plan (Part – II)

It seems that the government of Pakistan is sceptical about talks of an open market regime in the power sector. In the meanwhile, it is letting market players play. The…

Solar grid keeps harvests high in Zimbabwe

Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation…

Rethinking National Interest

Rethinking national interest

Due to many local and international factors, the popular conception of national interest in Pakistan has been reduced to a narrow vision and – to state the obvious – has…

A Trend-setting National Legislature

A trend-setting national legislature

In the past it was often alleged that Pakistan's Parliament has rarely shaped a trend of reforms and initiatives. The 14th National Assembly, with a string of initiatives, has defied…

Our Political Gridlock

Our political gridlock

Back in 2013 Asif Zardari was happy to count five years in power as his and his party’s singular achievement. That he had lived the tenure as president was the…

GMO-No! – A Constitutional Gridlock

GMO-No! – a constitutional gridlock

It has been reported that the federal government has recently approved over one hundred varieties of genetically modified cotton and corn to be sold in the Pakistani market. If this…