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Floods Will be Routine in Pakistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Sep 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Exploding population, ever-increasing pollution, uncontrolled greenhouse effect, unnoticed environmental crisis are  just few of the reasons why Pakistanis should become accustomed to the floods almost every year from now. To add insult t the injury we have no dams and we are are at the outflow end of India, who is a callous neighbor and [...]



Why Chaudhry Shujaat Spoke Against Gen Kayani?

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Sep 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The reason why Chaudhry Shujaat spoke against Gen Kayani is that Shujaat wants to tell present army chief General Raheel Sharif that if he wouldn’t do the coup, he will be accused, ridiculed, and would be considered as impotent just like General Kayani. I don’t think that Chaudhry Shujaat has the guts to issue this [...]



HashmiLeaks

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Aug 31st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Anonymous call came, Saifullah Niazi and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad whispered in the ear of Imran Khan, and Imran Khan overruled the decision of party to not to move towards the parliament house and PM house. This has been revealed by the PTI president Javed Hashmi. All the independent and sane elements were hinting for weeks [...]



Nawaz Sharif! Don’t Resign to Mobocracy

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Aug 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

I am not your voter, but I am not supporter of mobocracy. If Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri can bring out 50,000  people on D-Chowk and then threaten Prime Minister to resign and government to go, then tomorrow anyone can do that, and some have hinted at that too.
Jan Achakzai, spokesperson of Maulana Fazlur [...]



Global Innovation Index 2014 and Pakistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Aug 17th, 2014 • Category: Politics

If we believe Dr. Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan, then Pakistan should have topped the Global Innovation Index 2014, but somehow the compilers of report missed this fact and Pakistan is at tail end of this index, even behind most of very poor African  and Asian countries. We can call Pakistan one of the [...]



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 [...]