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Gas sector reform: beyond pricing

Finally, pricing reform in the gas sector is in sight. The summary has been moved, and prices are likely to increase soon (before the IMF review). The gas circular debt…

Power sector controversy: take-or-pay contracts

Energy prices have increased tremendously which has created controversy and unrest in the country. IPP contracts are under great debate. Many people argue that these are unfair and unjust. Take-or-pay…

Capital suggestion: Informal sector

According to Pakistan's official Labour Force Survey, the informal sector employs nearly 75 per cent of the working-age population. This sector plays a pivotal role in providing income-generating opportunities for…

Power bills and public anger

The usual jargon was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on 27, Sunday, after an inconclusive emergent meeting was called in the aftermath of violent street protests in several cities…

Public sentiment taken for granted

The public sentiment has mostly been taken for granted by the governments and the parliamentarians as a class with no voice and the one which would sustain hardships inflicted by…

Heavy indebtedness & power sector crisis

In terms of new commitments, the Government of Pakistan signed new agreements, worth USD 7,228 million, during the period under review. These commitments comprised financing agreements signed with foreign commercial…

Power sector woes

Improving decision-making processes is crucial for establishing a fair and sustainable electricity sector. In Pakistan, the Power Division (PD) in the Ministry of Energy manages the power sector but lacks…

The power sector woes

Presently, the power sector has become an existential threat for Pakistan. The situation has been further exacerbated by the falling rupee and the ever-strengthening dollar. We have ended-up with spare…

Fragile state of public finances

The information on fiscal operations by the federal and provincial governments in the first nine months of 2022-23 has been released recently by the federal ministry of finance. They depict…