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Strange appointments


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AS indicated in the editorial above, a government trying to keep the required numbers in parliament often finds itself in a tight spot. It must tackle governance issues on one hand and cater to the demands of allies or other influential parties on the other. However, whatever its political compulsions, good governance should head the government’s agenda. That the current set-up has failed on this front was made clear by a story in yesterday’s edition of this paper on the questionable appointments made in the critical energy sector. The appointments to ‘key’ jobs in the collapsing power sector appear to have been given on the ‘recommendations’ of politicians in complete disregard of the laid-out criteria. Similarly, those who have quite clearly been unable to deliver so far have got extensions in their services because of their political connections. What was the government thinking in adopting such a non-serious approach to what is perhaps the most critical sector in the country?

Growing electricity shortages are holding back economic growth and leading to massive job losses. Little wonder that the people came out on the streets in droves in recent weeks to protest violently. If electricity shortages, largely a governance issue, are not removed another bout of rioting cannot be ruled out. The government still has time to improve its credibility by tackling the woes of the power sector on a war-footing. For this it would have to stop interfering with postings and transfers in Pepco and the distribution companies (DISCOS). The top slots will have to be filled by competent people with complete authority to cut system losses, stop power theft and recover receivables from defaulters. Unless political interference in the management of Pepco and the DISCOS is brought to an end, our homes, shops and factories will remain without electricity.

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Malak Ghulam Jun 27, 2012 04:21pm
DAWN is not serious about the well being of Pakistan. Because if it was and there was NO Action on this Editorial by the Government of Pakistan. THAN Dawn should print this IMPORTANT message BOLD PRINTS on the very first page. This is DAWN's duty to its Readers and the Country.
Syed Ahmed Jun 27, 2012 06:14pm
In Z. A. Bhutto's democracy the nationalized industries and institutions were ruined due to political interference. Can't expect anything good from tainted leaders.
sahil Jun 27, 2012 01:47pm
what ca be expect from the government when all technical postings are taken by incompetant persons on the basis of just their political influence.
shafiq Jun 27, 2012 12:12pm
The govt should pay serious heed to power crisis and take necessary steps on war footing basis for eradication of this problem.
Muhammad Alvi Jun 27, 2012 01:19pm
This editorial is linked with the above. I have made some comments on the first editorial. I repeat again: Pakistan needs presidential system of government. If the head of the executive branch (the president) is elected directly by popular vote, then the president can form and control the executive branch independent of the legislative branh. At present, the president and prime minister are elected by the parliament, and are not independent. It makes no sense. The system needs to be changed to presidential, like US system. But the politicians are not going to do it; because it does work for them - so, be prepared to suffer for ever.
umer Jun 27, 2012 12:59pm
Nothing more than nice words.Dear editor, why don't you write the truth--that Pakistan needs a massive political shake up. The present system is not working. What is the use of whining about a few appointments in one department when the whole country is being run a like private fief by a handful of families. is rotting. It is like a terminally sick patient whinging about a nail infection!!
Agha Ata Jun 27, 2012 12:56pm
Strange appointments? How come? Anything happening in this country for 64 years, repeatedly still sounds strange to you?
Maroof Alam Kashkoli Jun 27, 2012 07:22am
advice rendered would fall on 'deaf' ears of corrupt souls....
Bakhtiar Agha Jun 28, 2012 02:26am
How a incompetent government can appoint competent persons.........