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Business Recorder op-ed writer Farhat Ali has painstakingly spelled out in his yesterday’s article for the newspaper the reasons behind the woeful state of energy sector in the country.

He has rightly argued that “Insofar as the measures taken by the governments to manage affordability of electricity and containing circular debt are concerned, these have largely been superficial in the absence of skills, boldness and determination to get to the bottom of the two highly complex issues and come up with tangible solutions.” In my view, however, no economic policy will ever work without fixing the energy sector. Successive governments have failed to take the required steps to arrest this sector’s slide. Tabish Gauhar, who is widely known for turning around an ailing K-Electric, has been appointed special assistant to the prime minister on power. It is therefore quite likely that the government will be able to articulate the right strategy aimed at addressing the energy sector’s issues.

RAHMAT AFRIDI (KARACHI)

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