No Light at the End of the Tunnel
The grave problem of energy crisis in Pakistan needs no introduction for those who have been living and experiencing it from the last five years, with the government idly watching from the sidelines. In spite of the growing ratio of economic growth in the entire world, Pakistan “proudly” follows its own motivational mantra, “one step forward, two steps back”.
Energy is now the talk of town in Pakistan. Starting from the housewives to the traders, businessmen, students, ministers – all have become the collateral damage of this repulsive situation. The city of Lahore experiencing upto 12 hours of load shedding in the peak of hot weather, is just the cherry on the huge, melting cake.
Pakistan is in the vise-like grip of a serious energy crisis that is affecting all sectors of the economy and the various segments of the society. As the situation stands today, there are hardly any immediate solutions to resolve this issue. A change of attitude and a change of lifestyle is needed at the national level, which should be triggered by the ruling elite and followed by all segments of the society that have access to electricity. At best, there could be some short and long-term solutions to the crisis but they need immediate planning and execution with an enormous investment.
Dr Khalil Ahmed of Alternate Solutions Institute has succinctly put this in the following words:
It is to live in a Guantanamo Bay of uncertainty’. He says ‘even if we do not resort to unruly economic, social, moral, psychological behavior, we feel depressed to the core of our deepest selves and what is more dangerous is that our trust in the system, nation and country evaporates in the air, …. Transforming us, the lowly citizens of this elitist country into neurotic and psychotic beings’.
The multidimensional ongoing energy crisis has been having a knock on the life of every Pakistani. Without sufficient energy the wheel can’t run on roads, industry and agriculture can’t sustain, hospitals and operation theaters can’t function, schools and laboratories can’t work and public and private sector businesses can’t operate.
Hence, being the youth of this disintegrating nation, we can only hope for a better day, and a brighter future – where one is able to point at the map proudly and say “This is Pakistan! Where the skies are blue; the grass, green; the air, clean; and where one is able to watch a complete movie without the disruption of an electricity failure”.