Throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan, protests are currently being held against the frequent and prolonged breakdowns of electricity. And they are becoming ever more violent day by day. As the summer approaches nearer, the duration of breakdown is also increasing and its increasing all over the country. In Karachi, the countrys industrial hub, a number of industries have their own energy generation plants installed so they are not quite as effected by the great scrounge of energy. But in Punjab, and particularly in the export hub of Sialkot, production is suffering heavily because of a virtual dependence of the export industry and their vendors upon electricity provided by the government. It is the small-scale industry, though, that is suffering the most, causing unbearable loss of jobs in thousands. These victims of the electricity crisis were the sort of people that were daily wage-earners already living hand to mouth. With them laid off, unemployment in the country has skyrocketed. The electricity problem is no longer just a problem of life now; it is cause of the whole economy tanking out. The government response has been curious to say the least. Rather than showing any interest in the proposals from Turkey, Iran and China, each having a massive energy surplus and prepared to help brotherly Pakistan, it is going cap in hand to Washington to beg for American help. Most Pakistanis would rather see the problem solved through exploitation our indigenous natural resources. Pakistan also has the technical prowess and the necessary human resource to innovate for solutions that are permanent, reliable and cheap. All we need to do is to integrate our academia and institutions of scientific research for creating those solutions. But, then, there is this irresponsible, almost childish, insistence of the government that only the Americans can provide us with the solution we need for this problem. There is something at play here. The attitude shows the government has no intension to solve this most crucial of all problems. May be some money is to be made from here that has to be made, no matter what. -FATIMA SIDDIQUI, Karachi, April 14.