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Gas crisis worsens in Sindh, Balochistan

By Salman SiddiquiPublished: February 9, 2019A gas cooker. PHOTO: REUTERSKARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) on Friday proposed to the federal government to provide imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its consumers in Sindh and parts of Balochistan at subsidised rates similar to the facility provided to the Punjab consumers, as an ongoing gas crisis worsened in the two southern provinces.Imran Farookhi, the acting Managing Director of the Karachi-based state-owned utility, presented the idea to Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, an SSCG source and an industrialist, who was part of a delegation which met Farookhi on gas shortfall situation, told The Express Tribune.The gas crisis badly hit almost everyone – domestic consumers, industries, commercial, captive power plants and compressed natural gas stations – in Sindh and Balochistan. To cope with the situation, the sources said that the acting MD proposed subsidised gas supply to the industries for about one mo…

Pressure mounts on the Pakistani military establishment to stop its unlawful activities

08-02-2019Pakistan’s new Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa took charge on 18 January from his controversial, much maligned predecessor Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. The twilight of Nisar’s career was tarnished by what appeared to be a belatedly discovered zeal for judicial activism and weakening of civilian supremacy in the country. Justice Khosa, therefore, inherited a judiciary that was perceived by large sections of the Pakistani public as having been aligned with the military establishment in its push to oust the increasingly intractable Nawaz Sharif from the post of Prime Minister and decimate his Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) party. Justice Khosa was awake to the challenges that awaited him, as he clearly let be known at his swearing in ceremony when he said, "I am conscious that the issues being faced by the justice sector are gigantic but I may assure you that no stone shall be left unturned in attending to such issues and in trying to improve the situation". If hi…

Why Bangladesh overtook Pakistan

Pervez HoodbhoyUpdated February 09, 2019

The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.BANGLADESH is not some Scandinavian heaven. It is poor and overpopulated, undereducated and corrupt, frequented by natural catastrophes, experiences occasional terrorism, and the farcical nature of its democracy was exposed in the December 2018 elections. But the earlier caricature of a country on life support disappeared years ago. Today, some economists say it shall be the next Asian tiger. Its growth rate last year (7.8 per cent) put it at par with India (8.0pc) and well above Pakistan (5.8pc). The debt per capita for Bangladesh ($434) is less than half that for Pakistan ($974), and its foreign exchange reserves ($32 billion) are four times Pakistan’s ($8bn).Take a look: Why we lag behindMuch of this growth owes to exports which zoomed from zero in 1971 to $35.8bn in 2018 (Pakistan’s is $24.8bn). Bangladesh produces no cotton but, to the chagrin of Pakistan’s pampered textile industry, it has…