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Sudden Rise of Snakes in Islamabad

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

I will resist the urge to talk about ‘other’ snakes of different kinds in Islamabad and will focus on real, less venomous snakes. Margalla Hills in Islamabad are famous for being replete with the snakes; some very poisonous and some harmless. So much so that the very name of the hills MarGalla is derived from [...]



Majeed Nizami Passed Away

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 26th, 2014 • Category: Politics

RIP Majeed Nizami, the senior editor of Daily Nawa-i-Waqt and one of the pioneer of journalism in Pakistan. He started and did the journalism when there was no glamor, money or fame in this profession. Journalists were scoffed at and it was usual to just brush them aside. Majeed Nizami literally changed the course of [...]



What Moody’s Positive Outlook Mean for Pakistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 17th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

No matter how much pessimist you are about Pakistan and its economy or future in general; or no matter how much resentment you brew for the current Pakistani government, you cannot deny authenticity and validity of Moody’s. Moody’s is the bond credit rating business which is respect all over the globe, and when it says [...]



Chaudhry Nisar is Jealous of Ishaq Dar

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Payal Rajput of Chakri, the blue blood Rajgan of Potohar is an ego maniac who doesn’t tolerate anybody else competing with him. He is so uptight about his stature that he even doesn’t visit his own constituency in Wah and Taxila, and the people out there have to bribe his PA Sardar Sultan to get [...]



Internally Discarded People

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jul 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Since my coming to senses in Pakistan, I have always heard FATA being referred as ‘Ilaqa-e-Ghair’. May it be can be translated as Land of Aliens. Neither we gave them any Pakistani recognition, neither we made any conscious efforts. Now as the people of one of FATA agency North Waziristan become internally displaced due to [...]



Qadri Was Never a Threat

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jun 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

and PML-N knows that. They know that who is behind Qadri, Q league, and MQM. That is why they are terrified, confused, panicked and angry too. But it seems that they have started kowtowing in front of the angels, as we suddenly notice that some media outlets have toned down their hysteria against the government.
Those [...]



Qadri Comes, Establishment Grins

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jun 23rd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

It can only happen in Pakistan. A foreign national with all the setup abroad is coming with clamor to topple the government in his previous country. Dr. Allama Tahir ul Qadri is traveling all the way from Canada to Pakistan to start a ‘revolution’ to topple the current PML-N government and then, well nobody knows [...]



Hot Pursuit in Afghanistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jun 12th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The axis of evil is in Afghanistan provinces which borders the Pakistan. In Kunar, Paktika, Qandhar, and Nooristan there are dens, complexes, training grounds, recharge centers, and funding points of terrorists. They are comfortably tucked there and operate autonomously. They have some indirect backing of Afghan authorities, but largely their operations are independent.
Whenever there is [...]



Nawaz Accepts Modi Swearing Ceremony

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • May 22nd, 2014 • Category: Politics

Brilliant move by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by accepting the Narendra Modi’s invitation to his inauguration ceremony. Foreign Office has confirmed it, and they say that PM Nawaz is looking for a cordial relations with India. The thing is that Modi has been elected by Indian public and Pakistan accepts and respect their aspirations.
There was [...]



Top 3 Failures of PML-N Government So Far

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • May 7th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

It’s still new days for the government of PML-N in center and in Punjab, but it’s a tangled web. They practically are controlling the whole of Pakistan. To be fair to them, their true performance could be measured after 3 years, but we can taste the dish of their dispensation and management by looking at [...]