The Imran Khan “Fighting Chance”!

The Imran Khan “Fighting Chance” By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi The recent hooplah over PTI ticket allocation to “electables” has set Pakistan abuzz. Many have criticised his “electables” electoral strategy and there’s a rift amongst his own people on specific ticket allocations. These are both strategic and tactical questions. Strategic in questioning this approach of Read More …

Nawaz Sharif -Traitor or Trader?

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi There’s a famous dialogue attributed to Abu Sufyan in the movie “The Message” when he refuses to re-attack the Muslim forces who had defeated the Meccan hordes at Oudh. One person asks him…”What about your honour Abu Sufyan….?” Abu Sufyan responds, pointing to the loads of merchandise on the camels Read More …

Insanity is expecting different results from the same behaviours (Alcoholics Anonymous)

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi Our core issue, now nearly a cliche, is good governance. Good governance comes through people with competence and integrity and policies and processes which deliver it, especially processes and institutions which deliver public services, as well as hold public administrators, both political and administrative, accountable and answerable. The most potent Read More …

Gen. Bajwa’s silence on the NSC PRESS RELEASE !

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi Khaqan Abbasi is a wily character. A bureaucrat, who worked closely with him says…” he’s a very cunning man, uses his soft demeanour to trick people in agreeing to him…in cabinet meetings he slyly gets his agenda through, and people dont even realise he’s making a “Mamoon” out of them….” Read More …

Supporting Nawaz Sharif. Rooted in historical thought and mindset! A short note!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi* With apologies to my Punjabi friends as this may hurt. But to understand why Nawaz is still supported by a large number of people from Punjab, its important to understand some aspects of our dishonourable past. This is the slavish thought which allowed foreign invaders to loot and plunder this Read More …

Free advice and ground realities!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi People have tons of free advice and opinions to offer from the sidelines without understanding context and environment. We want the world to operate the way our individual minds think. We dont understand the challenges of the person in the field, in the trenches in the thick of struggle and battle. Read More …

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 …