Tahir Basharat Cheema

  • TThe ongoing power crisis has exacted a very heavy toll that has made the people sick and tired. Although the government is trying its utmost to mitigate the crisis, there seems to be no end to the woes of common man. On the other hand, experts conclude that the power sector in its present shape is ...

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  • TThe first part of the trilogy on power sector woes outlined the perceptions of various stakeholders, while the second one listed the actual issues and obstacles to its sustainability. These articles concluded that the sector was not sustainable and would have to be re-engineered. In other words, ...

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  • TThe first part of the trilogy on the power sector woes outlined the existing position of the sector, besides listing the issues as perceived by various stakeholders. The problems being faced by the utilities in conducting their operations, the non-availability of natural gas as fuel, long overdue ...

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  • TThe power sector is under attack, according to some, since the introduction of 1994 power policy and the ensuing induction of IPPs. Because of various reasons, even innovative solutions and creation of one-stop organisations like the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and Alternative ...

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  • TTwo news items have made headlines: The first, which is extremely positive, is that this time around the country is heading towards a bumper crop, and the second is that Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides $650 million to help rebuild the flood-damaged infrastructure. However, the latter shows ...

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  • TEngr Tahir Basharat Cheema The Arab uprising, especially Libyan conundrum, has led to the prices of Brent crude crossing the $118 barrel mark. The economic pundits are of the view that the world is once again heading for a peak of $147 per barrel, as it was in 2007-08. Since everyone in the country ...

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  • TPAKISTAN has been facing debilitating power shortages since last five years. The crunch is surely on account of apathy of a whole decade, which started as a backlash to the induction of IPPs and the ensuing glut in late 1990s. Instead of making the best out of it by considering the same as an ...

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  • TA strange country indeed. A dichotomy in reality. And torn between efforts to implement law(s) as something natural and normal for every one and to retain what is correctly billed as the facility of different laws for different people. It is also seen that a vast minority is simply above the law ...

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  • TAt one time, the Pakistani public sector, mostly highly technical and comprising of engineering and other professional organizations, was responsible for 70 percent of the Nation's Economy. On the one hand, it did wonders by forcing US Aid officials in early 60s' to bring their newly acquired ...

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