Pakistani scientist set to unveil world’s first eco-friendly aircraft engine 

World's first generation contrail free engine to be unveiled in Pakistan late 2020. (Photo Courtesy: Social Media)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Pakistani scientist set to unveil world’s first eco-friendly aircraft engine 

  • Statistics reveal contrails have contributed 15 percent to global warming and the number is said to be rising
  • The new engine design will turn contrails into clean water and even make artificial rain

ISLAMABAD: The world’s first-generation contrail-free aircraft engine, currently being built in Pakistan for the global aviation industry, is expected to be ready between mid-to-late 2020, the technological marvel’s inventor, Dr. Sarah Qureshi, revealed while talking to Arab News earlier this week.

Qureshi has been working on the project since 2018 to eliminate the negative impact of commercial air carriers on the stratosphere that contributes to global warming.

In a one-on-one with this publication, the Pakistani scientist explained the contrail phenomenon, a visible white streak of smoke emitted from an aircraft’s jet engines during flight, and discussed its harmful effects on Earth’s atmosphere.

An environmentalist at heart, Qureshi turned her academic research at Cranfield University, UK, into a save-the-planet endeavor and embarked on a mission to build the world’s first pollution-free jet engine.

The world aviation industry, she claimed, ignored to develop the technology and focused more on extracting monetary value by building fuel-efficient engines.

With global temperatures rising, oceans warming up, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, Arctic sea life declining, and oceans acidifying as carbon dioxide levels skyrocket, the climate change debate has grown fierce as activists across the world highlight environmental hazards and try to spread awareness about the phenomenon.

Taking a swing at Elon Musk’s trip to Mars program, the scientist says that “unless you have a confirmed ticket” to the red planet, “which does not have a livable atmosphere,” Earth is the best bet and must be saved.

In this video, Arab News gives its readers a quick glimpse into Qureshi’s invention and the threat the aviation industry currently poses to the planet.

Pakistan’s opposition to thrash out anti-government strategy in Sunday's multiparty conference

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Pakistan’s opposition to thrash out anti-government strategy in Sunday's multiparty conference

  • Opposition plans to explore ‘constitutional and democratic’ options to oust the government, says a PPP leader
  • Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari to participate in the event through video link, though government warns of a legal action if Sharif’s speech is aired

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s opposition parties are all set to hold a multiparty conference in the federal capital on Sunday to discuss the “dismal performance” of the government and formulate their future political strategy to drive the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party out of power through constitutional means.
Former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and former president, Asif Ali Zardari, will also participate in the conference through a video link from London and Karachi, respectively.
The event will also be attended by the top leadership of other opposition parties. Sharif’s daughter and political heir-apparent, Maryam Nawaz, will also be present at the gathering.
The event will be hosted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and it will focus on different proposals of opposition factions regarding the ouster of the government and the possibility of fresh elections.
“All opposition parties are meeting on a two-point agenda that includes the review of the government’s dismal two-year performance and the way forward for the opposition,” Sehar Kamran, senior PPP leader, told Arab News on Saturday.
She said the opposition would consider all “constitutional and democratic” options to get rid of the “selected government” as it had failed to deliver on its promises to bring a positive change in the lives of the people.
Kamran also confirmed virtual participation of Sharif and Zardari in the conference.
“The importance of this conference can be gauged by the fact that all political bigwigs of the opposition are attending it,” she said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI party came into power in July 2008 by defeating all major opposition factions in the general elections. It promised to root out corruption, create job opportunities for the youth and fix the country’s fragile economy.
“This government has not fulfilled even a single election promise,” Raja Zafarul Haq, chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, told Arab News while confirming Sharif’s virtual participation in the conference.
He said that his party was finalizing proposals to present in the conference. 
“Our proposals will be ready by Saturday evening. Let’s see how other opposition parties receive them,” he said.
The government on the other hand said it would use “legal options” if the electronic media aired Sharif’s address to the conference.
“How is it possible that a fugitive [Nawaz Sharif] carries out political activities and gives speeches?” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said in a twitter post.
Sharif is currently in London for medical treatment, though the Islamabad High Court recently issued his non-bailable arrest warrants and directed the government to ensure his presence in the court during the next hearing of a corruption reference against him on September 22.
Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, a senior lawmaker of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, said his political faction had finalized proposals for the conference that include en masse resignations from the National Assembly to oust the government.
“We also have other options and can resort to massive protest demonstrations in major cities of the country to put pressure on the government,” he told Arab News.
However, analysts remain skeptical about the opposition’s ability to mount a serious challenge to the government at this stage.
“They are trying to test waters by holding this conference before launching a conclusive movement against the government,” Adnan Rehmat, a political analyst, told Arab News.
He said that the opposition wanted to flex its muscle before the Senate elections in March next year when it is likely to lose seats to the PTI due to the ruling party's majority in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
“It will be premature to infer any results from the opposition’s multiparty conference,” Rehmat added.