Dearth of electricity is destroying our industry and agriculture as a result of which our GDP is bound to shrink by many percentage points this year. That means our balance of payment would widen making our national economy ever more vulnerable. The powers that controlled our economy since the beginning never cared to adopt policies that would shift dependence from external sources of energy to the indigenous ones. That is why we are in the mess we are in. At this stage, it is not just the shortage of generating units but the lack of money to buy foreign fuel to run them that is causing the present series of blackouts. -SHAKIL AHMAD, Muzaffargarh, via e-mail, January 1.