Garbage at Dawn!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

An article in today’s Dawn states that the PM’s visit to China was a failure.

It is a sad commentary on how facts are twisted, half truths packaged as truths and outright lies peddled as factual ingormation!

The author either knows very little about the project or has deliberately advocated a completely misleading narrative.

It is sad that Dawn, once a great newspaper now will pretty much publish any indecent garbage, to force “people” to allow its distribution in Larkana, home to its largest segment of readers ūüėé.

The article is factually incorrect.

It establishes a false and an incorrect context, peddles false information and consequently draws deliberately incorrect and faulty conclusions.

This is how 5th generation warfare is being fought. And we the people are suitably gullible to lap up this garbage!

Scores of my seemingly smart friends and associates forwarded this article to me as if say
…. *thay hon duss buchoo?*

Here’s my *”hun duss”*

1. CPEC, at this point in time, is the single largest project of its OBOR program. Go research and check.

2. Pakistan does not have to return any LOAN to Chinese companies. These Chinese companies have to return loans they’ve taken from Chinese banks to deliver CPEC projects in Pakistan. This has been stated multiple times by the Chinese and most recently by the Chinese Ambassador!

3. The only thing we are renegotiating is the return promised to these companies, signed between the GOP under the PMLN, in excess of 30%, an unheard promise to all these State owned Chinese companies. These exorbitant usurious returns had massive kickbacks padded into them for those who signed them!

This was and is Pakistani tax payers money which was brutally committed by a corrupt kleptocratic/plutocratic government under Nawaz Sharif, as their Sheer e Maadar.

4. The Chinese President, at the request of the current PTI government, has agreed to renegotiate all these terms, since all these Chinese companies are state owned.

5. Read Asad Umar’s statement that the Balance of Payment crisis is over and that China has agreed to a “package”, details of which will be worked out starting Friday, 09th November.

In summary, this is an evil, deliberately mischievous article written by a person who:

1. Does not know the facts.

2. Deliberately misrepresented information and data.

3. Deliberately drew completely wrong and very dangerous and highly inflammatory conclusions.

Sad, that a newspaper like Dawn continues its steep slippery slide into garbagedom by deliberately fermenting such falsehood and giving place to such patently mischievous  and seditious nonsense on its pages!

60 Days in Naya Pakistan

By-Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

Its been a while since I wrote. The last was the Atif Mian flying arrow.

Many arrows have taken flight since.  Some good, others reminiscent of the permanent foot and mouth diseases people in power suffer from.
Nothing serious, but embarrassing.

The anticipation of returning to Pakistan after 4 years was like the indescribable euphoria which engulfed us in Lawrence College as we neared the final departure day of our three months winter holidays.

Have things changed in Pakistan?

Considerably.

First the game of traffic chicken on the roads (who moves first) has reached Olympian levels.

No one, and I mean absolutely no one gives way. Young or old. Any gender. Rich or poor. Civil or military. No one cares a damn about anything.

I’ve seen steely eyed determined¬† young girls and¬†shawl clad Aunties going head to head with Rickshaw guys and that most insane character on our roads, the motorcyclist.¬† I think some of these guys must be missing a DNA string or two.

One young lad, driving without any lights at night on a highway when cheerily suggested to get his lights fixed, replied.
*Laytaan naal kay kurrna aay. Allah Hifazath kurrsee*

Absolutely irrefutable logic, worthy of the Socratic order.

And of course the new political order was everywhere.  The new kids on the block. The new big man on campus. Kohsar Market in F-6/3, Islamabad abuzz with everything, political and non political. So was Coffee Beans just round the road.

But the most visible and sad part was seeing a neglected Islamabad.

Overgrown grass, crumbling sidewalks, piles of garbage and even worse as one travelled to Pindi (Been to three cities so far, Pindi, Islamabad and Lahore).

Someone needs to read “Blink” to understand how much environment impacts behaviour.

In the early days my impression in the power corridors was of everyone drinking from a fire hose, the man included.

A feeling of “quiet hysteria ” if I can call it that. A sense of people being overwhelmed not just with the enormity of the task but of being significantly challenged in experience, capability,¬† and insights about governance.

In some cases, lambs to the slaughter. A bunch of kids totally dependant on a crafty bureaucracy who have seen off the likes of the current lot and more.

Of innocently making decisions with huge negative consequences. Of someone who perhaps never had a formal job in his life and barely made 6 decisions in a week, now making sixty in a day etc.

The team that one saw wasn’t going to win you the world cup!

Some decisions like appointing Buzdar in Lahore, allocation of cabinet portfolios and a general feeling and sense of drift added to people’s discomfort,¬† including mine.

By the way, Asad Umar seemed to be drinking from a bigger fire hose than the PM.

But people always underestimate the “man”.

And as I write this, the change from this earlier doom and gloom, the baby steps and the falling down, the incoherence of the new kids on the block,  the uncertainity of going to the IMF and the uncertainty of other decisions. The stock market crash, the plunging dollar, the DPO Maneka affair, is now gradually moving towards some coherence.

Clearly the new administration’s biggest feather is the economic support from Saudi Arabia,¬† most likely UAE and China.

This fiscal breathing space is essential to set our economic and social fundamentals right.

But then along comes Azam Swati and the buffaloes and the sordid completely avoidable drama of the sacking of the Islamabad IG. And the Goebbelian responses by several spokespersons. Nothing existential but avoidable.

I know the PM has a soft corner for his Information Minister.

My advice.

He need someone who’s as quick witted as Fawaad is, as smooth talking as Dr. Mussadiq and as handsome as Khusro Bakhtiar!ūüėé

I think he should take another look at Shafqat Mahmood who seems to be wasted in his current role. I think he will bring a much needed level of maturity and respectability to Imran and his administration. Even Iftikhar Durrani!

If the PTI administration and the PM have to remember one rule, one principle, it is *always follow due process*
in making any decisions.

Remember you guys came to power vowing to remove corruption and rebuild our institutions, destroyed and torn to shreds by the Sharifs and the  Zardaris.

Do not take arbitrary decisions outside the ambit of due process, even if it’s the right decision. Because doing so will weaken the process and the institution.

The solution. Change the process or the system if it interferes with good decision making or good governance.

On the political front, I do not see the present government under any serious distress either at the center and Punjab.

I think Buzdar will surprise everybody, including himself. Yes there are efforts afoot within his own party to weaken him so a former aspirant can turn to the Khan and say
*”Didn’t I tell you”*
and gleefully become the new CM.

But my sense is that IK will stick with his current horse.

I think appointing Buzdar was a masterstroke and also a huge risk in changing the political power dynamics of the Province.

I think the Sharifs and the Zardaris are in for a very tough time.¬† The noose is getting tighter and barring a Black Swan event, one doesn’t see their woes ending.

The political dynamics and power politics of Pakistan are changing. Perhaps imperceptible to many but they are.

Two game changing things are across the board accountability, not just for corruption, but measuring and evaluating performance in all spheres of governance and the Local Government system. The Citizen’s Portal if implemented successfuly will dramatically change governance and delivery of public services.

The elite of this country are not the issue. They have had it good forever and will slink away when the going gets tough.

It’s the poor, uneducated, illiterate, exploited, devastated, poverty stricken man, woman, child who needs this Tabdeeli.

This Tabdeeli is not for those with full stomachs, too much money, too much time, too many pretentious holiday destinations, clothes, cars, houses. For those whose only claim to fame in helping Pakistan is forwarding posts on Facebook and Whatsapp or smart alecky tweets.

And many with too little grey matter, mostly living off the corruption or inheritance of their parents etc.

This Tabdeeli is for the poor!

The only reason the wretched of the soil responded like lemmings to the tunes of the Pied Piper of Larkana in 1970 was the hope he held out with his Roti, Kapra and Makan mantra.

He failed them miserably and even worse is to still see his successors scrounge off and fatten themselves on the flesh of the downtrodden.

The Tabdeeli  the nation want from the Khan is this:

Give me and my children safety and security.

Save me from the clutches of a demonic police force and a corrupt judicial system.

Give me and my children quality health care so we don’t live and die miserably. So we are treated like human beings not animals.

Give me and my children clean drinking water, the ability and means to have a decent roof and three meals a day.

Give me and my children an education which will give them a fighting chance in life and great job opportunities and setting up their own businesses.

Save me and my children from the exploitation of the rich and the powerful and the corrupt!

Give me the same rights and privileges as all others in this Mumlikath e  Khudad e Pakistan.

Give me the right to live with honour, dignity and pride in Pakistan,  PM Imran Khan.

Over to you,  PM!

*-Haider Mehdi*

The Dr. Atif Mian Flying Arrow!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi*

Yesterday was a harrowing and embarrassing day for Imran and PTI.

Barely 20 days in and they tasted the angry and highly inflammable onslaught of the right wing. In the media, from the pulpits and great possibilities of a dharna on the streets.

First they put up a brave and defiant face refusing to bow down to the threats and blackmail, but then retreated under pressure and faced the second wave of anger, shock, disbelief and criticism from the other side of the divide.

Saw Dunday Aur Saw Chitthar!

A very tough week and day indeed! The event also marred the impact of Imran’s appeal for donations. I’m certain it had an impact. Unfair yes, but unfortunately it must have had. The Dr. Atif fiasco couldn’t have come at a worst time!

I see this not as a wrong decision or two wrong decisions. Or one wrong and one right. And I’m not saying which was wrong or right, because I have no intention of wading into this theological minefield and quicksand!

To me it’s an abject failure of process. It’s a failure of how decisions are made.

While hindsight is always 20/20 having the benefit of knowing the outcome and commenting on what could have been done better, the issue is whether robust, thorough and rigorous decision-making processes are in place?

To me the answer is a big NO!

Without knowing details, I can only hazard that Imran probably accepted the advice of whoever was tasked to deliver this outcome of nominating members to the Economic Task Force!

Clearly they didn’t do their due diligence to vet the names.

Clearly, their “what if then” analysis to anticipate possible range of outcomes from a *”most serious, most likely”* to a *”least serious, least likely”* about a potentially controversial decision was not done!

I say this because had such due diligence and a robust *”what if, then” analysis been done, at a very preliminary stage, even before talking to him and prior to going public, someone would have said, *”……Hey guys do you think Dr. Atif’s religious orientation would be an issue?……”* .

Its then predicting, as stated earlier, a range of possible scenarios ranging from Worst Case scenario to Best Case scenario and Most likely to happen to Least likely to happen!

This would have resulted in two possible outcomes!

*Outcome 1*
Yes. We will nominate him and yes we can handle the worst case scenario of a massive right wing onslaught from the pulpit, the media and threats of civil disobedience or even actual dharna BUT we will stick by our decision.

*Outcome 2.*
No. Let’s take his name out as we are not in a position to handle the fall out at this point in time. Let’s fight this battle later!

There’s a possible third outcome that the worst case scenario envisaged was milder than what happened. This is a consequence and combination of lack of correct ground information, poor analysis, and incompetence.

If the outcome 2 was agreed, then Dr. Atif wouldn’t even have been invited. And a completely avoidable gross error of judgement, avoided.

So, as they say, the best way to handle a conflict, is not to start it!

Therefore as the entire country does emotional convulsions, let me just say this.

To me this is not as much a failure of PTI or Imran buckling under the right wing threat, with egg on their faces, as much as it is a manifestation of a serious lack of a professional, thorough, rigorous and robust, decision making process in their environment!

And this Imran must fix.

While, he probably had nothing to do with the initial decision, every screw up, every stupidity, every unprofessional act, every incompetence, every deliberate sabotage by any member of his team, whether deliberate or in ignorance will lie at Imran’s doorstep and tarnish his brand!

Every such capitulation will reinforce the precedence that we can force Imran and his government to give in and retreat if enough of the right kind of pressure is applied on them!

This is a very very dangerous precedent.

But the Dr. Atif flying arrow is not existential. It is very sad. Very sad! While the messaging both internally and externally is terrible it is not existential and the end of “Naya Pakistan” as hordes of commiserating chest beaters or gleeful opponents are gloating over. But enough as this is not my argument here.

These are very early days for Imran and his mostly inexperienced team, him included. For many this is their first “real job”, Imran included. They lack hands on administrative, management and governance experience.

And everybody’s under a firehose buried under a million issues. And hence the clumsy clodhopping and foot in mouth diseases!

But give Imran 3 month’s and hopefully by then he and some members of his team (sadly not all) would have fixed these processes, gotten a handle on things and greatly minimised the recurrence of such blunders.

I think he also needs a really smart and structured process to ensure he is advised well, constantly receives correct information and data, is always current and well informed on critical issues, and his decisions are thoroughly stress tested and analysed before being made.

And even more importantly this people, process, technology combine must shield him from poor and ill advice, incomplete and incorrect data and information, either deliberate or as a result of sheer incompetence.

He must ruthlessly remove bad eggs. Both in processes and in people. Otherwise he and his administration is in for a very very rough ride

The Dr. Atif Flying Arrow was a completely avoidable disaster.

Saw Chitthar thay Saw Dunday! Unfortunately

*Salaams and Prayers*
*Haider Mehdi*

Short note on nomination of Mehmood Khan as CM KP

 

-Haider Mehdi

I’ve been burning the wires for several hours today, talking to people who are much better informed than I am, seeking insights on Mehmood Khan’s surprise and unexpected nomination as CM PK, especially given some of the social media chatter against it.

Here’s what I’ve discovered. Mehmood comes from a very humble background from Matta in Swat, where the TTP had its strongest hold. Interestingly Matta is perhaps one of the most feudal areas in KP where the entire land was owned by just three families, most well known being Afzal Lala or Afzal Khan of ANP. In the recent rout, Afzal’s nephew and son both lost miserably in the elections

Mehmood and his family were the few rare ones that stood their ground and fought the TTP when most people had left Matta.

Mehmood is also credited with the clean sweep that PTI achieved in the district. 8 MPA’s and 3 MNA’s and has the reputation of being a very honest and capable person, loved by his people.

Clearly, the nomination was a surprise given the tussle and tug of war between Pervez Khattak on the one hand and the Atif Khan / Shahram Tarakai combine on the other and an expectation that the nominee would be either Atif or PK.

However, as I’ve always maintained, Imran always takes a decision which he thinks and believes is in the best interest of Pakistan and in this case, the province and its people and lastly the party. Mehmood checked all three boxes.

There’s absolutely no authenticity in the conjecture that Mehmood is Pervez Khattak’s proxy or that a past financial transaction, when he was Minister of Sports, tars his integrity.

It would be suicidal for Imran to nominate a questionable character or play party politics.

Given all that we know about Imran, he could make a wrong decision, and he has made some faulty ones.

But he has never done so, knowingly or deliberately compromising the interests of Pakistan, but more perhaps due to lack of due diligence, ill advice and poor process.

In this case, my view is that Imran took a very well thought through, comprehensively considered and correct decision, given the time he took to announce his choice. Of course, only time will tell whether it was the correct choice.

Of course the anti Imran brigade have unsheathed their daggers and will continue to question it, alluding darker motives and compromises other than the fact that he is a decent and honest fellow and the best choice, under the circumstances!

Don’t underestimate Imran! Most everything that he’s done these last 22 years have brought him to this stage. Do you think he’ll throw it all away on such a decision?

Salaams and Prayers.
Haider Mehdi

A Message to My Son!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.

My son, Syed Shaan-e Ali Mehdi, joined the millions of Pakistanis in rejoicing Imran’s victory. He said.

*”I‚Äôve waited for this day my entire life. Waking up to a new Pakistan. For the first time in our history we have a leader who toils away not for himself, but for the future of the nation. Wazir-e-Azam Imran Khan….”*

My eyes moisted and I couldnt help, but respond as under.

Well said Syed Shaan-e Ali Mehdi. When your grandfather would narrate the incredible euphoria of achieving the dream of Pakistan, his eyes would moist and tears would roll down his cheeks.

I always wondered what that feeling must have been like. Today I understand and experienced it myself! I cried as well!

You’re very lucky as are all Pakistanis to be experiencing this defining moment in our history!

May Allah SWT Bless Pakistan. May He Keep Imran and his team on the straight and narrow.

Many a ditch they have to cross. Many a mountain to climb. Many minefields to navigate. Many Quislings out to stop them. Many who will fall by the wayside. Many who will give up!

But if Imran remains strong, remains true to his word, remains steadfast in his resolve, without fear or favor, we will achieve our dream of a better, brighter, prosperous, inclusive, tolerant, transparent and merit driven Pakistan.

A Pakistan where all its citizens will be free and equal in the eyes of the law and free to practice any faith without fear.

Where rich and poor, young and old will all have access to the same equitable opportunities for health care, education, jobs.

Where all will have security of life, home and property. Where justice is speedy and fair.

This is what that incredible man, Quaid e Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah had dreamed for Pakistan!

This is our Naya Pakistan. But really this was the dream of our original Pakistan which people like your grandfather struggled and sacrificed for!

It won’t be easy, it won’t be overnight. But if we stay the course. Through the coldest blizzards and the most blistering heat. If we dont give up, despite the many serious challenges of turning a country which is on its near deathbed.

And above all if we have unwavering Faith in the Almighty. We will succeed. We will overcome. We will reach our destination. Ilahi Aameen.

Pay no heed to attention seekers, petty minds, ignorant, young and old, having done nothing in their own lives. Some just beginning their life’s journeys with silver spoons, and not having faced the challenges of life.

Orhers who have lived off this beautiful land, looted and plundered at will.

Small minds who are still trying to criticise and put down Imran with their ignorance, stupidity and highly inflated egos. Let them be. The caravan doesn’t stop for barking dogs!

This is your time. This is the time of our youth. Of those who are selfless. This is your time to make Pakistan great!

May Allah SWT Bless you and all those who will fight, struggle and toil day and night for Pakistan!

Pakistan Zindabad !

-Haider Mehdi

The protests in Iran

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

These protests are both a natural consequence of a fascist totalitarian regime which limits personal freedom and imposes its harsh version of Islam and the overt and covert external interventions and attempts for regime change, lead by the USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The current Iranian dispensation is into their 37th year. I’m surprised it’s actually lasted that long. But having said that, several factors contributed to its longevity. Firstly, the savagery of the Pahlavi regime and the subsequent amelioration of 90% of the population following the downfall of said exploitative and elitist regime.

Secondly, homogeneity of race, culture, religion and sect is a big help which binds the people together over 2500 years of recorded history and common culture.

Next, the 10 year Iran-Iraq war in which millions of Iranians died gave rise to an unprecedented wave of nationalist fervour and an insular mentality and was further aggravated by USA led economic sanctions.

Having said that, even the Soviet Union’s fascism couldn’t last beyond 80 years, even though it was a much more powerful and regressive police state. Eventually all such political models die because of the innate weakness of a totalitarian system in trying to regulate the personal lives of people to an extent that it becomes oppressive.

Such are the Iranian and Saudi regimes. Both realise the inevitable consequences of fascist type controls. And both have recently loosened controls on personal choices and liberty and freedom.

For example Iranian women not adhering to strict hijab standards in public will no longer be arrested. Similar steps have been taken in Saudi Arabia such as allowing women to drive, opening of cinema halls and a public declaration by MBS to move away from their oppressive and exclusivist version of Wahabi Islam.

For the Saudis these are huge paradigm shifts, having known nothing better, and one reason that MBS has been able to carry the day so far. But in Iran, the freedom of pre revolutionary Iran is still a reality and not too distant memory.  Hence a desirable objective, sans the cruelty of the Pahlavi Savak driven autocratic rule or the oppressive fascism of the Iranian clergy.

The first big reaction against theocratic totalitarianism in Iran came in 2009, termed the Green Revolution. This movement was against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s questionable re-election. It was huge but crushed. It’s main leaders, former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moosavi, Mehdi Karroubi, former Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi and thousands more were arrested. Its leaders still under arrest, even after 8 years.

The current system is not going to go away soon, because the people supporting it are still in an overwhelming majority, especially within the poorer segments of society.

Broadly speaking there are three big segments in Iranian society today.

The “Revolutionaries” who support the Revolutionary regime and are still in a majority accounting for perhaps 60% or more of the population.

The second group, very vibrant, active and growing are the “Nationalists” and comprise 30 to 35%, some say even 40% of the population. Accurate statistics are hard to come by. This group is more liberal in thought and action and were behind the Green Revolution movement of 2009. Today they have some representation in the government in the likes of foreign minister Javed Zarif. They are much more liberal in thought than the Revolutionaries and advocate much more openess in society while also being fiercely patriotic. They also advocate for closer ties to the USA but on equitable terms. This explains the close relationship between Foreign Minister Javed Zarif and former US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration.

The last and the smallest group are the “monarchists” who are about 5% to 10% of the population. This group is comprised of those who could not or did not leave Iran after the Islamic Revolution. They have deep ties to the extremely rich and wealthy Iranian diaspora spread across the globe, especially in the USA, mostly who fled Iran following the Revolution. Though small in number they¬†are potentially critical to any regime change moves being orchestrated by external forces, especially in the areas of funding and information.

The last two groups can potentially align in instigating a regime change.

Since the Revolution,the USA has been assiduously cultivating the liberals and monarchists but have been consistently checkmated by the Islamic Revoutionary Guards Council, which today have their own Army, Navy and Air force and report directly to the Rahber, Ayatollah Khamenei.

The IRGC nearly upended the nuclear deal with the USA and EEC and are still virulently against any moves to mend ties with the USA and Saudi Arabia, considering them both extensions of Israeli / Zionist power in the region. A view also held by their Rahber and Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Therefore based on the above and in my opinion, the current anti government demonstrations in Iran, fueled by economic pressures and reaction against curbs on  personal freedoms are actively, directly and indirectly financially supported by the USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel to create internal unrest leading to regime change.

The factors working in favor of such a move are of course the poor economy, the innate desire in people for more personal freedom and choices, the limitations and controls imposed on Iranians across the globe and the incessant stress of continuous warfare.

Factors against the US, Saudi and Israeli moves are a deep rooted suspicion and even hatred by Iran for all three, based on history. Current and past.

Secondly an economy thats on the up and on the mend, perhaps not as fast as the people want. Oil exports have doubled. Trade with Europe and China has increased in several multiples. This coupled with a robust and indigenous technology base, developed in response to international sanctions and serving both the civilian and military sectors.

Thirdly it’s increasing regional power.

Fourth. A loosening of the oppression of personal freedoms and finally and perhaps, certainly in the short run, the IRGC.

The IRGC, much like the Pakistan Army, is perhaps the most powerful institution in Iran both militarily and commercially and will counter any attempts as will the State apparatus to upend the current regime.

Iran will eventually have to allow greater personal freedom to control and mitigate dissent.

But two questions remain.

Will the IRGC and the Rahber, Ayatollah Khamenei, supported by the conservative clergy, many of whom if not most have accumulated enormous wealth and privilege, allow this ?

And the other question is whether the USA, supported by Saudi Arabia  and Israel will allow this?

Because one thing that will be hard to overcome is the hostility between Iran and the three countries attempting regime range. The very strong Iranian nationalist segment, while though not as rabidly anti USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the Revolutionary group is, are hyper nationalists by nature and definition and will not agree to any relationship dictated by these three.

So one doesn’t see a major upheaval in the offing. If anything it gives hope for a much more open and less totalitarian government in Iran.

A big indicator of the direction the Iranian regime is taking will be the choice of the next Supreme leader after Ayatollah Khanenei. If it is somebody like President Rouhani then once can see the beginnings of a much more liberal regime.

For Pakistan this is a golden opportunity to continue to re-establish it’s close ties with Iran and wean them away from India. This is crucial to build our bulwark against the USA and her attempts to weaken us and nuclear defang us.

Only a strong Pakistani Chinese Russian and Iranian bloc will thwart USA and Indian designs !

– Haider Mehdi

Dr Kamran Bokhari on Haider Mehdi’s Perspectives- Trump’s Jerusalem Dec…

Dr. Kamran Bokhari, author of the book “Political Islam in the Age of Democratization” and a leading geopolitical analyst on Jihadism and The Middle East talks about the consequences of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital.¬†

Why did he do it, especially now? 
Will this lead to more turmoil or kick start the Mideast peace process? 
Who wins who loses? 
Will Iran and Saudi Arabia reconcile? Will MBS survive? 
The shifting power game in the Middle East between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey? 
Will Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah retaliate militarily? What are the chances of a new war in the middle east? What should Pakistan do? The pros and cons of engaging with recognising Israel!
And much much more

 

Prostitution of our 163 Souls-Part 2 – Our Day of Shame!

– Haider Mehdi

“Roll up that map; it will not be wanted these ten years”, said William Pitt the Younger, the British Prime Minister in December 1805, upon seeing a map of Europe after Napolean Bonaparte’s¬† victory in the Battle of Austeriltz, against the Russian and Austrian Army led by Yaar Alexander 1 and the Holy Roman Emperor¬† Francis II
Roll up this Constitution says this wretched Country.
Burn it. Stuff it in the garbage.
Burn this Parliament. Bury these 163 prostituted Souls who shamelessly stood up, some embarrassingly looking at their feet as the death knell of our morality was sounded and these moral imbeciles voted against the bill prohibiting a disqualified person to head a political party.
The Nation cried as we saw all sense of our Nation’s self respect rubbished under the feet of these horrible and evil souls who voted to keep a criminal, a money launderer, a forgerer, a liar, a debased person as their party leader.
The great Dhoond Abbassi clan of the hills of Murree from which our 6 foot 3 inch PM Khaqan Abbassi belongs, will need quite some time to wipe off this dark stain from their honour, if ever there was any.
I’m ashamed to admit that this man has walked the portals of my alma mater, Lawrence College. An institution which has prided itself in producing men of honour, rare and dishonorable exceptions like him, aside.
And what of the other 162 prostituted Souls?
What of the Chaudhry from Wah? The great Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, the brave press conference warrior, the before and after hair club of men, model?
What a shame to his clan, notorious for their slavish¬† boot licking¬† of the British, and desperately trying to redeem its honour, now back in the dust and his famliy’s dishonourable legacy continues.
The less said about Saad  Rafique. His upbringing is reflected in his behaviour.  This is the mettle that allowed India to be raped by foreign invaders for thousands of years. It is because of the Saad Rafiqs of our history, thundering with fire and brimstone, defending their masters who raped this land that we see this day
And the rest? What of them.
Let history record their names. Their clans. Their Baradaris. Their constituencies.
Let the names of their spouses and children be listed and known.
Let us ask these wretched souls the values they have taught their own children and the example they have set for them!
What if your child asks you?
Will you hire a thief and a criminal to become a member of your team?
 Will you hire a criminal to become your driver, your cook, your house help?
Will you hire a liar, a forgerer, a money launderer, a criminal a crook as an employee  in your own business?
Will you send your children to schools being run by criminals and convicts?
Will you marry your children, your siblings, to a criminal, a liar and a money launderer?
Are you telling the Nation that we are a society where being a criminal is Ok?
Where stealing is Ok?
Where forgery is Ok?
Where lying is Ok?
Where¬† looting and plundering this nation’s wealth is Ok?
Shame on you, you shameless animals.
You have soiled and tainted and tarnished the soul of our Nation, of our Assembly, of our Constitution, with your blackened souls.
Shame on those who brought you up and taught you these values.
Not only do you shame yourself and your parents and children and families but all those teachers and professors who taught you. You bring shame to those  schools and colleges you attended.
Let history list the names of the schools and colleges your despicable evil souls attended. And with great sorrow and my head hanging in shame I see Lawrence College at the top of the list. Khaqan Abbasi has brought great shame to this great institution.
Let today be recorded as Pakistan’s day of Shame!
Let this day, when and if we are able to lift ourselves out of this moral degradation and ethical gutter, be forever damned in history.
Let then, when we are cleansed of this dark stain, our children be taught in our schools and colleges and universities,  how a society can degrade itself to the level that it did today.
And how  we should never be allowed to degrade ourselves to these levels again.
Let the names of these 163 prostituted Souls be spread far and wide to shame them and their families and their children.
Roll up the constitution. Burn it.
There’s something terribly wrong with a society which will defend the sanctity of our most revered¬† personage but will allow an evil man to become the head of a political party.
This farce must end!¬† Enough. We’ve had Enough!
Roll up this damn Constitution and this bunch of vagabonds and prostituted souls who cannot defend the soul of Pakistan and represent it’s people.
Burn it!
And let us honour the 98 who stood tall!
And the man who stood the tallest today and brought such great honour to his great Jamali tribe of Dera Murad Jamali was former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. Jabal as he was fondly known in his school days for his mountain like fortitude. He today stood like the Rock of Gibraltar amongst these pygmies.
And not only did he honour the legacy of his forefathers he brought some honour back to his alma mater Lawrence College and to Aitchison. An honour so disgraced sullied and stained by that man from the Dhoond Abbasi clan of Murree, who now calls himself  the Prime Minister of Pakistan. That disgraceful wretched man, Khaqan Abbassi.
A man whose name will henceforth be taken in the same breath as that of Mir Jafar and Mir Qasim of Bengal.
– Haider Mehdi