Buoyed up by the bonhomie characterising the CCI meeting in Islamabad, Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf happily remarked that democracy was strengthening. The CCI is one of the platforms where the provincial representatives are supposed to sit together to resolve the differences amicably. The atmosphere on Thursday, therefore, would indicate that the politicians are beginning to see things in a national perspective rather than the parochial one that has been governing them in the past.But where this tendency has to be appreciated, it must be seen whether some provinces are getting rather too much altruistic, for instance Punjab which has been calling for equitable share of electricity among the provinces but in its fervour, appears to be sacrificing its due share for others. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif himself has been complaining that Punjab was being singled out for unequal division of power by the Centre. Granted he was able to secure a demand that KESC withdraw 300 MW from a total of 600 MW to the national grid. But since he did not raise the issue of his own province receiving less than its share during the moot, while he keeps saying it at other forums, adds up to contradicting his own position. Another issue is that industry from Sindh and other lawless areas of the country has moved to Punjab owing to its safer law and order situation and hence its needs too have increased, which demands a simultaneous share in electricity. The power riots rocking the province and the frustration of the industrialists, businessmen and the general citizens is an indication of how seriously the province has been hit. Meanwhile, a report in this paper says that while electricity supply in three other provinces has increased, that of Punjab has dwindled at the behest of the Federal Ministry for Water and Power. Apart from CM Shahbaz’s grouse of electricity theft, the overall power shortfall plaguing the country simply worsens the situation.At the end of the day, the energy crisis will not be over until and unless large reservoirs are constructed. And while the provinces will bicker over existing supply, the country’s commerce and industry will continue to suffer also. Although the CCI has in writing informed the LHC that it has no objection to the Kalabagh’s construction, the provincial leaders and CMs too must use the forum to show that they are also in agreement on the project.