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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…