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Reforming Pakistan – All or Nothing!- Getting rid of the dog in the well is not enough!

Dr. Ishrat Hussain's book on Reform
By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

At a recent seminar in Toronto, organized by OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America) I heard a talk by Dr. Naseeruddin Mahmood, Trustee of the ChildLife foundation, describing very humbly, how in a 5 year period the  90% mortality rate of children brought into the Children Emergency centers of government hospitals in Karachi became a 90% survival rate.  Soon I hope to interview this remarkable man and share this wonderful story with everyone.  This and many others are remarkable stories of successful and sustainable institutional reform in public sectors organizations in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s current story is no different.

Currently an extremely poorly run country, where an exclusive and rapacious criminal elite, loots and plunders at will.   And its future should also be no different. An extremely prosperous and well run country, governed by honest and competent people!

The obvious misrule and …

Gen Qamar Bajwa on the Economy.- A way out?

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

I think this may be the beginning of a move to build public opinion for a possible interim arrangement to try and stop the bleeding and improve governance!

But if this process hasn't been very deeply thought through and rigorously war gamed to the "nth" degree, evaluating all eventualities and counter measures, such an arrangement will ultimately leave the system even worse then it currently is.

While it is clear that we are currently heading for a train wreck and that must be averted, what we don't want is a bigger train wreck, later.

Our short history is replete with how well intentioned interventions turned into monumental disasters for the country.

In my humble opinion, the short term solution still lies in strengthening the judiciary, building public opinion, supporting the agents of change like Imran, reformulating and strengthening the Election Commission with people of integrity and competence and hoping in a fair and free elections…

Catch me if you can. The PIA Airplane Scam.

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.

While I'm not interested in getting involved in the controversy about Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar and his brother's involvement in the PIA Airplane scam.

But here's what I know. 

1. The plane was technically a "dead asset" in flying jargon, i.e not allowed to fly. But listed as a "live asset" on papers.

2. PIA did a two part deal. Part 1 was to loan it to the movie company making a movie about the Israeli commando raid on Entebbe for which the plane was to be flown to Malta. From there it was to be flown to Germany to be sold as scrap or "donated to a museum".

3. The most valuable parts being the  Engines and auxiliary power unit (APU) would have been sold to a bidder under a tender to be floated before being given to the museum.

4. The then CEO PIA contracted a German consultant, Helmut, to facilitate the sale.

5. Air Cdr Akhtar was then Director Procurement in PIA and generated all the documentation for this two part de…

The Prostitution of our Souls

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

In the realm of Spirituality the battle is between our baser self, our Ego or Nafs, considered the source of all that is animalistic, hedonic, selfish in Humankind and our higher, purer, cleaner self, our Soul or Ruh which takes us towards Higher Consciousness and Godliness.

But what if the Soul itself is overwhelmed by the Nafs and they become one?

What if all that differentiated a human from an animal, the latter only existing  to fulfil their instincts of survival and self preservation, with loyalty to none, except the Jackal, stronger and more powerful, no longer exists?

What if the Soul allows itself to be bought, sold and prostituted to the highest bidder, no matter who, simply to acquire more power and wealth and to support evil in all its forms and shapes?

I never thought I'd ever see a day when a soulless society would sink to such depravity and collectively prostitute itself.

But we did see that day on 3rd October, and to take a line from Roose…

Rooting out the Cancer - Gen. Bajwa on Lt. Arsalan Shaheed's Shahadat

-by Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

Heartwarming words spoken by the Army Chief during his condolence visit to Lt. Arsalan Shaheed's house. Extempore, and clearly from the heart.

I think and hope and pray he means business. Especially when alluding to those sitting in far off lands, specifically traitors like Altaf Hussain and Hussain Haqqani and others like them.

I hope when he referred to internal conspiracies he also means those being hatched by Nawaz Sharif and company under the garb of "democracy and political process" to again create space for this crook and plunderer, Nawaz to somehow worm his way back into power. I hope he is cognizant of the efforts to make Kulsoom Nawaz the Prime minister so the loot, rape and plunder restarts.

I hope this is also a message to those who conspired to bleed this country dry and money laundered through Hudaibiya, as did Nawaz, Shahbaz, Hamza and Ishaq Dar. And a message to those who should bring these looters and plunderers to justice.  C…

Gen. Bajwa's 6th September Speech was really a "Message!"

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

It was one fine policy statements from an Army Chief in recent times.

Simple, straightforward with no ifs and buts. No complex verbosity.  Just the plain simple truth, by a man who clearly speaks from the heart, announcing Pakistan's position on key issues.

1. The Armed forces will fully support the State and all its institutions.

2. The world’s crocodile tears on fighting terror are hypocritical. If the world (read Mr. Trump) says we have not done enough, then really nobody has done anything. It is now their turn  to "Do More."

3.  India will not be allowed to use international public opinion to continue to subvert Pakistan in Balochistan and any attempts will be responded to with an iron fist.

4. While the Armed forces can defeat terrorism militarily, it is the Nation which has to collectively defeat it intellectually and ideologically.

5. No non state actor has the right to arrogate to itself the right to initiate armed action and or launch Jih…

The 2017 BRICS Summit announcement on Terrorism. A brief comment.

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.

In my view the BRICS announcement is actually an announcement of a change in Pakistan’s policy vis a via the Jihadis especially LeT and JeM which have the potential of stumbling Pakistan and India into a military conflict.

Here's the actual clause numbered 48 of the 71 Clause declaration available at BRICS 2017 SUMMIT DECLARATION

*48. We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir.*

I'm fairly certain that China and Pakistan were aligned on this text prior to the announcement.

And to me, it appears the rationale is simple.

For China it is imperative that her OBOR project and CPEC are not put at risk under any circumstances.

All militant organizations named in the announcement have the potential…

Trumpistan! The Trumpeter’s policy on Afghanistan is really their Policy on China.

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

My late father, Col S.G. Mehdi M.C, would oft say. “Understanding a country’s history, especially events in the recent past and a Map is all one needs to understand their national interests, strategies and tactics.

The USA has no intentions of leaving Afghanistan ever unless it’s like the last soldier clinging onto a helicopter lifting off from the rooftop of the USA embassy in Saigon. This is a bold assessment based on what drives their national interests.

Picture this.  In the last 30 years the USA, both Democrat and Republican administrations, have  waged 13 wars, intervened in over 100 countries, spent over $14 Trillion, of this $1 Trillion alone in Afghanistan and caused 3 million deaths.  2 million in Afghanistan and 1 million in Iraq. Their own casualties. Barely 7000 of their own.  A ratio of 1 to 400. Does this look like a country which will leave Afghanistan?

Why does the USA do this? Why do they wage war all over the world? To answer this in det…

Alice Wells visit to Pakistan- Say No to meeting her, Mr. PM & Gen. Bajwa

26th August, 2017
-Haider Mehdi.

The American State department has just announced that Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan will be visiting Pakistan to apprise us of the details of American policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.  She's also scheduled to visit Afghanistan.

This visit is in the background of President Trump's policy speech on Afghanistan in which he threatened Pakistan to stop providing safe havens to what he termed are  "terrorists" and failing which Pakistan will face serious consequences.  He also invited India to play a major role in Afghanistan, a massive red flag to Pakistan. I will write in more detail on this policy and the factors driving Trump and the USA to adopt, in fact continue this terribly flawed and misguided and ill advised approach.

But on the visit.

Pakistan must send very strong signals to the USA. This visit must be treate…

The Sharifs of Ram Gully day Naal Aali Gully Or From Ram Gully to Raiwind

This is a harsh narration about the Sharif's and how they became so rich and powerful from their humble origins in Ram Gully to their  ugly pretentiousness of Raiwind.

This is based on narrations from people who have known the family from the time they came to Pakistan, from people who know them well, both civilian and military and what is now available on public record. I am merely narrating what I have heard.

Nawaz Sharif's dad was known by many names.

First as  "Mian duaani aala" because he used to bribe the peons outside the government offices with a "Two Anna Coin" Duaani as we called it, a square coin with rounded edges. Then as "Mian Uthanni" bribing junior clerks with the eight Anna coin. Then "Mian Gutter Chor" as they would buy back the "gutter covers" from the legions of young boys they paid to steal the gutters they themselves supplied to Lahore Municipality.

The above and some of the later mentioned early history…

Pakistan's real tragedy - A short note.

By Haider Mehdi.

Pakistan's real tragedy are those amongst us, the educated and the well informed who, despite everything, defend this terribly evil man, Nawaz and his version of democracy and the terrible system he and Zardari and the likes of Dar represent. Perhaps even worse are those who remain silent. As said Edmund Burke. "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men (women) to do nothing! This to me, is our tragedy. Those with eyes which cannot see.
Those with ears which cannot hear.
Those with minds which cannot think.
Those with a conscience, now long dead. This is our tragedy. Our tragedy is not the tens of thousands of illiterates who flocked to listen to Nawaz's "Mujhay kiyun Nikala", but the consciously dead amongst us. Those who know. It is they who we will hold responsible if a terrible fate befalls us. Because it is they who knowingly and consciously defended a criminal and a terrible system for their own personal, self centered,…

If wishes were horses, beggars would be....

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

I think it's getting close to one Qabar and two bodies.

Nawaz's aim is political martyrdom. As long as he controls the party he will continue to create chaos.
But, as history tells us, this great land of Punjab knows which side of the paratha has more ghee. And with each passing day as the power struggles between the brothers Sharifs and other groups within PMLN  intensify we will see his grip loosening. This will make Nawaz and especially Princess Tubelight Maryam Safdar, even more desperate and they will resort to desperate measures.

To understand Nawaz one only has to recall his instructions to Sohail Zia Butt many years ago.
Butt saheb Thoray jeean golian sholian....thay Thora jiaa khoon kharrapa! Therefore, I have a feeling of great disquiet. A sense of, God Forbid, a major urban terrorist attack and or some highly potent acts of violence. Perhaps even attempts at assassinations. These could be across, political, ethnic, sectarian and religious…