Pakistan’s Tipping Point!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi Malcolm Gladwell in his seminal work defined “Tipping Point” as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold….” He goes on to state: “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do…..” If ever there was and is a tipping point in Pakistan’s history, then it is Imran’s 29 April Read More …

Kh. Asif’s disqualification.

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi. Behind the legal speak and the PMLN spin, also joined by guys like Hamid Mir and others, Kh. Asif was disqualified on two counts. 1. For deliberately lying, concealing and misrepresenting his residence status as a paid employee of a UAE based company. Asif claimed that because he had attached his Iqama Read More …

Pakistan’s democracy. Jithay dee Khothee Uthaay Aan Khalothee !

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi There’s a saying in Punjabi. “Jithay dee Khothee uthay aan khalothee”. Loosely translated.The she donkey (or whatever one calls a female donkey) always comes back to where she started from. In more sophisticated terms its “back to square one”. Basically. No change! Pakistan’s version of democracy is no different to Read More …

“Damned if he does. Damned if he doesn’t”

Election results 2013. Nawaz 17% of registered vote. 83% did not vote or voted against him. This is how these evil looters and plunderers get into power through this version of a sham democracy! What amazes me is the narrative being promoted by Nawaz about “honouring the vote”. Not amazed at his propagation but its Read More …

The Battle for Pakistan’s Soul!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi. This story perhaps describes best what’s happening in Pakistan today…. ……A grandfather tells his grandson there are two wolves inside us, always at war with each other. One is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, love, honesty and good. The other is a bad wolf, which represents Read More …

*A Postscript -The Army isn’t wearing Trousers

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi* As anticipated, the earlier article referred above “The Army isnt wearing Trousers” has stirred up quite a storm showering me both with bouqets and brickbats. Surprisingly, the vast majority, especially fellow military officers, serving and retired, supported the perspective. Most sent direct messages, perhaps afraid of offending the institution. But Read More …

Nawaz Sharif’s “Shubkhoon” to destroy the Supreme Court and the Army through Constitutional Amendments!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi The air is rife with speculation and wild rumours. Mainstream and Social Media is abuzz with countless conspiracy theories. Chiefly. 1. Zardari has cut a deal with the Army. My take. Nothing of the sort. It’s a very deliberate and calculated act of extremely clever disinformation being spread by the Read More …

Pakistan’s Schizophrenia or the death of (un) common sense!

*Pakistan’s Schizophrenia or the death of (un) common sense!* *By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.* My recent piece on Bilawal’s Davos interview which set hearts aflutter, drew lots of feedback. Both for and against. Comments ranged from unqualified support to qualified support, given the harsh language and phrases used for which I apologise to all those Read More …

The General’s Visit to the Senate!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi. The General came, presented, answered questions and left. The questions were petty. As petty as the people who asked them. The General’s briefings were detailed and deeply insightful with a message. Kindly get your act together. His briefing to the Senate is being termed as a triumph for democracy and Read More …

Why we must support Imran Khan

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi For those who continue to criticise Imran Khan, and in some instances with valid concerns, a humble plea. Please do read this. We are an unforgiving people when it comes to others. But in our own lives we are deceitful, hypocritical, liars and cheats. Not all. But the vast majority. Especially Read More …