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Husain Haqqani and his latest piece on Nawaz's disqualification in the Indian Newspaper, The Hindu!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi.

I must start with an apology because this is a very harsh indictment of Husain Haqqani.

It is harsh because he has caused and continues to cause immense harm and damage to Pakistan through his narratives.

In some macabre way, which only makes sense to really evil but brilliant minds or to serial murderers, he probably relishes this notorious reputation as he has gleefully expressed in the past.

He continues to attack Pakistan, as an Indian lobbyist would or an extreme right wing BJP or RSS satrap would. And he does it through his powerful pen.

And that is why he's so dangerous because he lures the reader into his web through his brilliant intellect and powerful pen and once in, people believe what he says.

This they do as he weaves an evil tapestry of incredible poison, interspersed with half truths and some facts to make them appear believable.

I would  read what he writes with as open a heart and mind, as I do others who I also disagree with, if only …

Why the 5 member Bench used ROPA to disqualify Nawaz?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

Here's my view.

I think the Judges have given a historical judgement which will destroy the sleep of the corrupt for generations because it will now be used as a legal precedent for similar cases of misrepresenting assets.

Since the judgement I spoke to a few lawyers, two retired judges, a serving high court judge and a former member of the election commission.

The upshot is as follows.

The case addresses a legal clause around ROPA (Representation of Public office act on corrupt practices) and the filing of the return of personal assets by aspirants to legislature seats alongwith their nomination papers to the election commission.

This was never taken seriously and people would file them.  But rarely was a person disqualified at the time of submission because the EC didn't / probably still doesn't, had and have the time or resources to scrutinize these returns.

Neither were these details actively pursued, especially if you happened to belong to a …

The Uggar...Mugger...Shuggar Crowd!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

I've seen some of the craziest written and verbal gymnasts and contortionists in action today.
Ive seen arguments ranging from people who just can't accept that we've done something unthinkable in Pakistan. Something that seemed like this beautiful dream to this lottery that we finally won!

We've finally caught one of the two biggest rats, crooks, thieves and criminals in our history.
Hopefully and Insha Allah, the come uppance and judgement of the other Rat is not far off.
"But what about the accountability of "Generals and Judges and Sain Khan and the milk man and my neighbours dog?" say these people. And what about Imran and General Musharraf and Jehangir Tareen?"

"What about them?"

They will and should be punished, when and if found guilty by the courts. But not kangaroo courts but by courts with Spines like this "Famous Five" or the "Super Six".
And only if you let this continue will the …

Pakistan's Roll of Honour - The Eleven who will never be forgotten

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

1. *Justice Asif Saeed Khosa*.
2. *Justice Ejaz Afzal.*
3. *Justice Gulzar Ahmed.*
4. *Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed*
5. *Justice Ijazul Ahsan*
6. *Wajid Zia*. FIA. JIT Head.*
7. *Amer Aziz.* State Bank of Pakistan. JIT Member
8. *Bilal Rasool.*  SECP. JIT member.
9. *Irfan Naeem* Mangi. NAB.  JIT member.
10. *Brig Muhammad Nauman Saeed*. ISI: JIT member.
11. *Brig Kamran Khurshid*: MI :JIT member.

To these brave souls who fought for what is right. Who did what their conscience demanded. Who carved their names on the rocks of   Justice, Integrity, Truth, Honesty. Who demolished evil and dishonesty.  People whose names will forever live in history as those early flames of rule of law in Pakistan.  People who finally broke through the darkness surrounding Pakistan and gave us hope.

The Battle for Pakistan has just started. We must not give up.

And be warned that the enemy within, is devious, powerful, rich and most dangerous, because he is now wounded.

 Nawaz Sha…

Panamagate and what it tells us about ourselves?

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi
Panamagate and the apartments are symbols of the rot in our society!
They define and manifest the cancer of total corruption, criminality, loot and plunder by Nawaz and Zardari and the system they represent. From our early days till today.
Nawaz, and Zardari before him and all other looters and plunderers, civilian and military, symbolise the complete meltdown of governance, state machinery, meritocracy and the ability of public sector institutions to deliver public service.
They define and symbolise what a system looks like when stuffed with toadies and cronies, who lack both competence and integrity. But most painfully and sadly, Nawaz Sharif and his family symbolise the rot and destruction of individual, familial and societal values in Pakistan.
Here is a person who cheats and tells lies and a very large segment finds it acceptable. Here's a father who makes his children his accomplices in crime and teaches them to cheat and lie. Yes! Teaches them not about…

Our legacy, our democratic credentials and the Storming of the Bastille – 14th July- 1798

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi 13th July, 2017
In 2008, PPP got 13% of the registered vote, as per the Election Commission statistics which can be checked from their website. This means, a whopping 87% either voted against them or didn’t vote, sick and tired of a terribly corrupt mafia that has ruled this country. I’ll come to military rulers in a short while.
In 2013 election the PMLN got 17% of the registered vote. Again Election commission statistics. And even if one were to accept these highly contentious numbers, still a similar and overwhelming 83% either voted against them or did not vote.
The people of Pakistan, especially the people of Punjab, who constitute 64% of our population and thereby decide who comes into power have very little in the way of a historical spine to stand up to invaders, usurpers, and bandits. Our entire history is replete with an “Ulta Phir” command, offering no resistance, not standing up for our rights, accepting the fiat of external invaders. And worse, the w…

Here they come – The Cockroaches from the Wood works!

By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi
So finally they emerged.  The cockroaches from the woodworks.  The JIT investigation forcing them out.

The Four Monkeys.  Honorable bootlickers and servants of Nawaz, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain. 
You know Nawaz senses he’s in trouble when he brings out his biggest rats and cockroaches, or his biggest artillery and tanks to the front.  Depends how charitable you want to be towards this terrible family and those who along with them have looted and plundered this country.
This pack of vultures comprises Kh. Asif of “Koi Sharam Koi Haya fame”, the Empty Suit, Ahsan Iqbal, the "Bond King" Kh. Saad Rafique Samad Bond" and the reluctant fundamentalist, Shahid "LNG" Abbassi. 
Khawaja Sharam o Haya sahib has two claims to fame, his perfectly tailored suits and his bile and invective against the Pakistan Army.  Now perhaps also a potential interim PM in waiting between a Nawaz disqualification and Shahbaz Sharif taking over as PM till the Marc…