The obsessive focus with which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is pursuing the goal of putting an end to the affliction of loadshedding in the country must have convinced the Chinese hosts of his determination to see the revival of Pakistan’s economy that endemic power outages have brought to ruin. And the readiness with which the executives of companies specialising in power generation, with whom he has interacted during his ongoing visit, have come forward to help tide over the crisis, not only symbolises the genuine equation existing between the two countries, but also the charm of availing a profitable business opportunity. Mian Nawaz has been shrewd enough to also bring out the prospects of a vast scope of cooperation by narrating the country’s huge potential of producing electric power through conventional as well as alternative sources: hydel and coal side by side with solar, wind and biogas. That would certainly hold a great deal of attraction for established concerns always on the look-out for long-term business associations. Saturday was spent holding four meetings with different business delegates on a high speed train the Prime Minister took to travel from Beijing to Shanghai where he addressed the Pakistan-China Energy Forum attended by more than 50 prominent investors. There, Mian Nawaz talked of the miserable state of Pakistan’s economy as a result of power shortages and his choice of China as the first port of call, after accession to power, in the firm belief that there he would find ready, responsive ears. The kind of trust that the two peoples and the two governments repose in each other would prove to be an asset for Pakistan as well. However, Islamabad would have to satisfy the Chinese companies about the security of their personnel who would be coming over to undertake electricity generation projects. Sadly, there have been so many incidents in which Chinese brothers have been targeted that their deaths cannot be termed merely incidental. Sincere efforts, backed by thorough planning, have to be made to tackle the monstrous phenomenon of terrorism. But raising serious concern is the unfortunate fact that, with already a month in the saddle, the PML-N leadership has not moved out of a mere rhetorical resolve to eliminate the problem, suggesting, perhaps, that it is not clear in its mind about how to go about it. As a successful businessman, he is no doubt fully aware of the close link between peaceful climate and investment. Mere prospects and incentives would not cut much ice. There is urgent need for real action, and now.