“Ambivalence” – An interim perspective on PM Imran Khan’s performance

“Ambivalence” – An interim perspective on PM Imran Khan’s performance (published on 07 Dec 19) By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi Not sure if there’s such a phrase as positive ambivalence.  Something bordering on lack of clarity with some glimmers of hope. Or negative ambivalence with confusion wrapped in pessimism! Been back and busy seeking insights, views, Read More …

CJ Khosa’s swan song – The  Army Chief Extension “Suo Moto”

CJ Khosa’s swan song – The  Army Chief Extension “Suo Moto” (published on 26 Nov 19) By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi In my view and in the larger scheme of things and in the long term, the SC temporary suspension, highly contentious and suspicious, of the COAS extension notification, is a good thing, whatever their Read More …

The “Insider Crowd”

The “Insider Crowd” By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi (originally published on 18 Nov, 2019) So there’s this amazing group of people, all pretending “to know” having the “inside story”  on what’s going on in Pakistan. Boldy they claim to have been informed by “someone” who is an “insider.”  Often this implies a senior politician, a Read More …

Nawaz Sharif’s Departure – The “Death” Word…..!*

Nawaz Sharif must not be allowed to go. He must face the consequences if his misrule and suffer the same quality of poor health care that he gave to his country after three stints as PM. Current PM Imran Khan must up his game , improve the quality of his cabinet and his team, rebuild civilian state institutions and reduce the Pakistan Army’s overwhelming and near death grip on Pakistani Society. Read More …

The Day of The “Diesel”!

Fazlur Rehman represents the religious side of Pakistan’s hereditary, plutocratic and kleptocratic political order with Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto, Asfandyar Wali, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and himself as its chief symbols. All masquerading as democrats and using the anti army sentiment to further their political goals. Hence It is critical for PM Imran to develop strong civilian institutions and thereby reduce the massive power and huge footprint of the Pakistan Army in the affairs of the state, much beyond their role and mandate. Pakistan;s survival lies in strong civilian rule not a quasi military dictatorship exercising influence from behind the scenes. Read More …

Yemen’s Deafening Silence

The deafening silence by Muslim Leaders in their speeches at the UN General Assembly in Sep, 2019, on the destruction and havoc wreaked on Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE is shameful! Read More …

Daring Greatly – “President Imran Khan”

  by Syed Haider Raza Mehdi (Urdu Translation, kind courtesy Nusrat Mirza saheb,  at the end of this English Version) “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man Read More …

An open letter to President Donald Trump on the Illegal Annexation of Kashmir by India!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi – 21 August, 2019 Dear President Trump, I’m sure you’re being briefed on this long running tragedy in Indian Occupied Kashmir. But Mr. Modi is NOT in Control and is NOT a Bilateral issue between Indian and Pakistan! I’m not sure if you or many others understand that we are Read More …

Gen. Bajwa’s Extension …….a Historical gallop – Part 2 of a 3 part series on Civil Military Relations in Pakistan

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi – 21 Aug 2019  Alea iacta est “The die is cast”! Gen. Bajwa remains in the saddle for three more years and the air is rife with pros and cons including those who hold, private, their counsel!  This isn’t a simple black and white binary issue but reopens the whole Read More …

The Myth of the “Deep State”! Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on Civil – Military Relations in Pakistan

  By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi – 4 August, 2019 It’s time to take this ‘Deep State” bull by the horns. But first a full disclosure. I’ve served in the Pakistan Army from 1974 to 1981, resigned as a Captain, and have a very soft corner for the institution. My father served it with distinction, Read More …