A report published in a national daily pointing out vested interests in the federal Capital's bureaucracy, that have put the fate of a $800m hydel power project into jeopardy, is highly disturbing. After having been subjected to four years of red tape and delays, the 500MW project to generate cheap electricity has now been almost shelved. Reportedly, a top government official wanted to become the project director himself and also wanted the venture to be established at a venue of his own choice. The casualty is not only the Mahl hydropower project but also the nation's energy sector that is in desperate need of a lifeline to stay alive. It is a glaring example of corrupt practices that are prevalent. It also shows the civil servants' power to tactfully thwart decision at the highest level and the bypassing of parliamentarians. In the present case, it bears pointing out that though the project had received a green signal from the Azad Kashmir as well as federal government, the bureaucrats in Islamabad were able to sabotage the plan. This would deal a big blow to the confidence of foreign investors. Reportedly, the South Korean firm had been striving for years to get approval for the project and had also paid the official fee, but in vain, courtesy this prestigious elite. There should be little doubt that the top CSP cardres form an essential part of the official 'steel frame' since they run the day-to-day functions; but there ought to be a sound system of checks and balances to ensure transparency. Our past is replete with examples when the bureaucracy was able to create roadblocks for foreign investment in various sectors vital to the country's economic growth. Today, we can see these companies acting as engines of growth in some other developing countries producing goods worth billions. It is time to reinvent the bureaucracy's role. They should be facilitating and welcoming the investors venturing to put their money here, rather than creating hurdles for them.