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Hussain Ahmad Siddiqui
Hussain Ahmad Siddiqui

  • February 08, 2021

    Cleaner coal!

    Pakistan is committed to mitigate impact of climate change, pursuant to the Agreement concluded at the United Nations Climate Change Conference held...

  • October 19, 2020

    Lopsided policies

    Two years on, and there is no substantive progress on the privatisation of the identified state-owned enterprises , whereas focus remains on auction...

  • September 14, 2020

    The rise and fall

    Rapid industrialisation and economic uplift of masses, which should be the cherished goal of any government, cannot be achieved without having a...

  • July 27, 2020

    Private interest

    Pakistan Steel Mills , the only integrated steel mills in the country, remains shut amid the uncertainty whether it would be revived or run as a...

  • July 20, 2020

    Dam controversies

    In the backdrop of the looming water scarcity and energy security, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority has recently embarked upon...

  • May 04, 2020

    Staying safe

    As safety is absolute priority, hydro-dams are designed to last over a century. Planning and construction of water reservoir and hydropower projects...

  • April 27, 2020

    Bitter ruralities

    The recent outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan has highlighted, once again, the enormous disparity between rural areas and urban...

  • April 13, 2020

    Reviving industry

    0The lockdown in most parts of the country, amidst addressing the challenges of coronavirus pandemic, has largely impacted industrial activities,...

  • March 23, 2020

    Big potential

    Globally, hydropower is recognized as renewable, cheap and reliable resource of energy. It generates electricity with zero emission and produces no...

  • March 16, 2020

    Growth but challenges ahead

    Pakistan cement sector is growing exponentially— having doubled its annual production capacity after every decade or even earlier. The fast growth...

  • February 03, 2020

    Mine your gold!

    On July 12 last year, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes awarded $5.84 billion in damages to the arbitration claims in...

  • January 27, 2020

    Let science save the day

    Pakistan is without a national policy for the development of science and technology since October 2012. This poorly reflects on the government’s...

  • January 20, 2020

    Wind is at our back

    Today, the Renewable Energy is rapidly growing energy resource the world over. Having reached global installed renewable energy capacity at 2,378...

  • January 13, 2020

    A shale gas frack-up

    The long-awaited exploration and exploitation of the non-conventional shale gas resources in Pakistan may not remain a distant dream any more, it...

  • December 09, 2019

    Policy fallacy

    The Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2019 targets development of projects mainly wind and solar photovoltaic , excluding hydroelectric, for...

  • November 18, 2019

    On the back-burner

    When Pakistan will have the long-awaited and much-delayed National Industrial Policy? All the stakeholders have been asking this question, time and...

  • November 09, 2019

    Pakistan’s exports keep declining in absence of long-term vision

    During the last seven years, Pakistan’s exports have been continually declining on year-on-year basis----from $25.12 billion in 2012-13 fiscal...

  • November 04, 2019

    Impediments in development

    To achieve higher growth of the small and medium enterprises , including micro enterprises, various steps have been taken by the present government....

  • October 28, 2019

    Getting nuclear-ready

    The key message of the “International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power” held during October 7-11 in Vienna was for...

  • October 21, 2019

    Tricked & trafficked

    On October 1, 2019, Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, while being briefed on the issue of human...

  • October 07, 2019

    Unwary in the coalmine

    Mining is globally recognised as among the most dangerous and unsafe industries for workers; more so in Pakistan where mining operations remain...

  • September 23, 2019

    Reengineering investment priorities

    The Foreign Direct Investment has been rather low in the year 2018-19, recording $1.73 billion, almost half of $3.47 billion received in 2017-18,...

  • September 16, 2019

    Rusting in pain

    The government’s policy and attitude towards revival of Pakistan Steel Mills is apathetic, to say the least, as no road-map for the strategic...

  • May 13, 2019

    Mere disinvestments

    In October last year the Board of the Privatization Commission had approved a short-term and medium-term program for the privatization and...

  • March 11, 2019

    Thirsty to thrive

    Last month Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with Pakistan for setting up a $10 billion oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Gwadar port,...

  • February 18, 2019

    Fresh blow

    Development of the first-ever hydropower project in Sindh province is in doldrums, and not likely to take-off in near future.

  • February 11, 2019

    Galvanising the good old dams

    The strategic Second Rehabilitation project of the Warsak Dam and Powerhouse has been delayed for more than three years as the contract for its...

  • February 04, 2019

    Reviving sick PMTF

    In a recent move, the government has decided to rehabilitate and restructure the ailing Pakistan Machine Tool Factory , delisting it from the...

  • January 28, 2019

    Green commitment!

    The recent World Health Organization studies conclude that an estimated seven million die from environmental health risks annually the world over....

  • January 14, 2019

    Faults & failures

    At this crucial time when the government needs to stabilise itself economically and politically, the massive electricity load-shedding is likely to...

  • December 17, 2018

    Steeling the economy

    The government’s apathetic attitude towards the affairs of ailing Pakistan Steel Mills in Karachi is a reflection on its poor planning and...

  • December 10, 2018

    Hydropower agenda

    Pursuant to the declared policy of the government to achieve self-reliance in various fields, Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan has announced that...

  • September 03, 2018

    Building for survival

    The Diamer Basha Dam project is not likely to take-off in the near future, it seems, given the size of the project and financial and technical...

  • August 13, 2018

    Dam dreams

    In the wake of Supreme Court’s judgment, Water and Power Development Authority has announced taking measures to start construction of Mohmand Dam...

  • May 07, 2018

    The pipe dream

    Ten years on, the trumpeted first steel mill project based on indigenous iron ore still remains a pipedream, while future of the only integrated...

  • March 26, 2018

    Mega projects, mega failures

    The recent political crisis in Balochistan, besides showing weak links in the system, has exposed, once again, the deprivation of socioeconomic...

  • March 12, 2018

    Cheap energy

    Industry Despite the fact that its nuclear programme has always been facing internal and external opposition, Pakistan has signed an...

  • February 26, 2018

    The coal rush

    On November 11, 2016, Pakistan ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which is aimed at lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions....

  • February 19, 2018

    Migrant crisis

    The February 2 accident, in which 32 Pakistanis drowned after a boat capsized off the coast of Libya, has once again highlighted the severity of...

  • February 12, 2018

    Setting up a powerhouse

    The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will co-finance the construction of strategic $823.5 million Tarbela 5th Extension...

  • January 15, 2018

    Tough decisions

    Pakistan Steel Mills , which had ceased its operations abruptly on June 10, 2015, is once again in the news. The National Accountability Bureau has...

  • July 31, 2017

    Old wine in a new bottle

    Pursuant to the Automotive Development Policy 2016-21, the government has allowed four automakers, in partnership with local investors, to...

  • July 03, 2017

    Liquid force

    ENERGY It is hard to believe, but it is a reality that, in spite of being richest in water resources and having tremendous potential of developing...

  • June 26, 2017

    Dark Matter

    ENERGY A power plant based on the indigenous Thar coal is going to become a reality soon. The long-awaited first power plant, an integrated...

  • June 19, 2017

    Concluding failures

    INDUSTRY Reportedly, the government has decided to dissolve, with immediate effect, the Engineering Development Board , a wing of the Ministry of...

  • June 05, 2017

    Widening gap

    There seems to be no respite for electricity consumers across the country from long hours of scheduled and unscheduled load-shedding, as the...

  • May 22, 2017

    Ready to run

    The imported-coal-based Sahiwal power plant, the first power generation project developed under the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic...

  • May 15, 2017

    Hollow promises

    ENERGY The full-scale electricity load-shedding, of 13 to 14 hours on daily basis, has made a comeback this summer with a vengeance, as early as in...

  • April 03, 2017

    Smoke on the Water

    POLICY Economic growth of a country is conversely proportional to environmental degradation, and Pakistan is no exception. In recent years the...