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How The Crisis Happened

How the crisis happened

Pakistan is currently facing the worst power crisis in its history, resulting in power cuts through loadshedding, which frequently last between 12-18 hours. These power cuts have served to constrain…

Power Failures

Power failures

Ask around why we’re in a power crisis, and you’ll hear three different narratives. One narrative says this is all an institutional issue. This camp believes that the crisis grows…

Energy: Tough Decisions

Energy: tough decisions

The public narrative oversimplifies ways of eradicating load-shedding. Just settle the ‘circular debt’ and improve governance — prevent electricity theft, collect bills on time and install prepaid meters — and…

Limits To Privatisation

Limits to privatisation

From the statements of the PML-N leaders (likely to adore federal ministries) a clear hint is that privatising the public sector enterprises (PSEs) would be the focus of the new…

Fixing The Economy

Fixing the economy

As a nation we seem to believe that there is either a magic wand that will make our problems disappear or that undertaking reforms is like fixing an electricity fuse…

Challenges And Opportunities

Challenges and opportunities

Arrangements made for re-polling at 43 stations in NA-250 showed the ECP and the Army the difference such arrangements could have made to the May 11 election results whose authenticity…

Economic Reform Agenda

Economic reform agenda

In the first part of this article (April 30) I summarized the economic challenges that the new government will inherit, suggesting ways to address them particularly in the light of…

Energy Prospects For Pakistan

Energy prospects for Pakistan

Access to reliable, affordable and uninterrupted electric power and other forms of energy is the key to economic growth and welfare of any society. Studies by International Energy Agency and…