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CPEC? TRANSPARENCY NEEDED!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.

Here's something that needs the immediate attention of all non PMLN economic experts.

CPEC.

Currently information about CPEC is like a black hole and must be questioned like the JIT is doing.

We must force the PMLN government to fully disclose the terms and conditions of all contractual obligations we are signing with China.

For the sake of our future and our integrity, sovereignty and  independance we must force Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar and that empty suit, Ahsan Iqbal to come clean with full disclosure and transparency.

There are well founded fears that the government is giving away everything to the Chinese without substantial returns to Pakistan.

For example, as earlier stated, we have no idea under what terms and conditions we've contracted with China and the different Chinese companies.

What are the financial terms?

What other business terms govern these contracts?

Couple of key things are essential for all CPEC projects for local Industry dev…

The "Kafirs" of Parachinar and (perhaps) Quetta and Karachi and the Muslims of Bahawalpur!

by Syed Haider Raza Mehdi
26th June, 2017

Friday, 23rd June, Parachinar. 74 Shia "Kafirs", who happened to be fasting on Jummat ul Widaa, are killed in a terrorist attack by a great Muslim suicide bomber.

Friday, 23rd June, 2017. Quetta. 13 Muslims (didn’t check if any of them were Shia Kafirs) have their poor lives cut shot by another great Muslim suicide bomber.

Friday, 23rd June. Karachi. Unidentified gunmen (definitely Muslims) opened fire on four policemen (most likely Muslims) observing Iftar, and killing them on the spot.

And an unholy cowardly, spineless silence descends on the Nation. Not everybody. But most!

After the rhetorical statement condemning the attack, not a peep from the PM, gallivanting in Saudi Arabia, desperately seeking forgiveness from Allah, for his sins of misrule, misgovernance and corruption and a get out jail card from Panamagate. And then off he goes to London, to spend Eid in his ill begotten flats and enjoy some respite from the daily floggi…

The Ummah – Part 2 - The Fresh Princes of Bel Arabia & Mohammed Bin Salman’s ascent into Chaos!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi King Salman, by elevating his son, the 31 year Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS, as Crown Prince, may actually have signed MBS’s death warrant, leading to the downfall of the Al Saud regime! 
Whether this will remain undisputed or challenged overtly or covertly, by others, royal, non-royal and the highly militant jihadists, is a question mark. There are unconfirmed reports of serious infighting amongst the Royal family. It’s MBS’s ascent into Chaos!

My view it will be challenged and increasingly so from within the Saudi establishment.  Despite all the power that MBS has, the politics of patronage by previous kings and decades of loyalties from their cliques, will eventually result in an inevitable showdown.
But hugely worrying, is the potential for greater instability and heightened conflict in the Region. And the two main antagonists, Iran and Saudi Arabia, getting ready for a series of destabilizing events, triggered by this fresh prince and the total chaos tha…

Prime Minister Imran Khan?

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi A possible Prime Minister Imran Khan is perhaps the second most discussed question in Pakistan, after Panamagate. Will he or won’t he? Will the “Khan” breast the tape, or join the ranks of the heart-achingly “also rans”? An Al Gore, an Asghar Khan, a Hillary Clinton! Or will he, as he has done several times in the past, overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and emerge victorious, despite the challenges, and quite a few of his own creation, as his detractors and supporters say. It’s a tough question to answer, given the fickleness of this mistress called “politics.” So despite my biases, here’s hoping an objective current perspective, also as fickle as the mistress of “politics!” To try and figure out what’s going on, In addition to my personal insights, I recently spoke to a couple of dozen people connected to Imran; friend and foe, close associates and hard-core enemies, some still close, some silently withdrawn to the sidelines. Some publicly angry, some sulking…