You cannot really skip anything.It only makes sense for developed countries like germany and USA who will still use coal to till 2060
Hypocrisy of west
Even today most common source of energy production in west is coal and lignite in germany some of which is poorer then thar
Not saying coal is good just saying we dont have any option
Sure if we hit major gas then we should skip coal
Lastly local coal even if it is expensive then imported will be prefeesble given the jobs it provide
Also thar is in middle of a desert ecological concerns are there but far less then in many parts of thr world
Proponet of solar forget that we need baseload
Solar cant replace that
Anyway solar isnt at 2 cents in pakistan it is still at 5cents vs thar coal at 6-8cents
You need gas power today already to provide robust load following no matter how it cost if you don't want more blackouts like one last week.
And you will still need coal to provide base capacity cheaply.
A more or less correct formula seem to be already there. More plans to build large coal power stations in Thar, and HV lines from there, to the rest of the country, where they are backed by gas powered load following.