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From vision to reality

Pakistan has marked the 10-year milestone of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This game-changing initiative has paved the way for extensive infrastructural development, economic growth, and strengthened bilateral ties between…

Stubborn refusal to learn

Most Pakistanis belong to that community who were uniquely blessed to be guided and advised, fourteen centuries back, to seek knowledge even if it required the rigours of travel to…

The fast-track solar paradox

Three months ago, in a major attempt to generate affordable electricity, the new government unveiled its policy for fast-track development of solar photovoltaics (PV) projects at an investors’ conference with…

Things look grim, but all is not lost

Large-Scale Manufacturing (LSM) and export-oriented industry are stressed as never before. They present a depressing picture of closures, layoffs and loss of market share in export business. The plight of the…

After all, it’s the transmission, stupid!

During Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for presidency, James Carville famously coined the phrase “it’s the economy, stupid” to emphasize how crucial the economy was to the election. It could be…

Policies and their implementation

Policies in Pakistan’s multiple sectors are well researched, many compiled with donor funding which enables international and national sector experts to take account of international best practices as well existing…

A winter without gas

Of all our past mistakes, gas abuse has had the worst consequences. Pakistan has never been super rich in oil or gas reserves. It also does not have a coherent…

Reviving CPEC: road to prosperity

Initiated in 2013 by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was conceived and designed as the flagship project of the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s…

Swindling small investors – the legal way

Pakistan’s ‘rooftop solar community’ is up in arms against the government. The reason behind the outrage is a one-word amendment recently proposed by Nepra in its regulations – to be…