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ISI, the King versus GEO, the King-Maker

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Apr 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Here is the fresh and brand new conspiracy theory. Kill or Injure Hamid Mir, Hamid would definitely blame that on ISI, ISI gets furious - very furious, GEO naturally sides with Hamid, and then in the name of national security, GEO is banned. How sweet. Not only they got rid of Hamid Mir for a [...]

Pakistani Investors Look Towards Solar

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

The equation is simple. Solar is the cleanest and least expensive energy source. Pakistan has plenty of it. Sun shines here in every part every day all the year. The colder countries of Europe and even Arctic region are going solar and investing heavily, but Pakistan despite of having enormous solar potential is lagging way [...]

Mortgaging House Not Popular in Pakistan

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

Home loans and home mortgages are not a common phenomenon in the Pakistan. Quite contrary to the West, where 99% of the people cannot even imagine to own a house without taking a home loan from the bank or from the brokers; Pakistanis tend to save the money (often throughout their working lives) and then [...]

Qaim Ali Shah Treated with Buffet Lunch While Visiting Thar

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Mar 10th, 2014 • Category: Politics

At one end, people including children are dying of hunger due to the famine in the Thar region of Sindh, and on the other end, the senile chief minister Qaim Ali Shah reached Thar with his cabinet and a huge entourage of his political and official aides. They reached there, sat in the air-conditioned office [...]

Thar Tragedy

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

There is a desert where the dunes are deceiving, where rain kisses the sand once in a decade, where people are tough though they still need food and water and medicine. There is a desert which enjoys exquisite and unique beauty, yet the people are impoverished. Many of them have died, and that includes huge [...]

Senile Qaim Ali Shah Responsible for Tharparkar Deaths

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Mar 8th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Impotent Qaim Ali Shah, who is as incompetent, corrupt, and good for nothing as anything could be. No wonder that the humans are dying in the Tharparkar due to the hunger when you would keep Qaim Ali Shah as the manager of this unfortunate province for decades after decades. This person, Qaim who is decrepit [...]

E Crimes Bill for Cyber Crimes in Pakistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Feb 16th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Pakistani lawmakers are preparing to approve the E crimes bill from the cabinet and then from the parliament. My question is that what would be the review process, because cyber world is ever changing and is quite different from the real world. Is this bill flexible enough to accommodate the fluid nature of cyber world?
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By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Feb 7th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Over the last few weeks, I have been discussing the hot issue of talks with the Taliban operation with TPS fellows like Sameer, Ali, and Ghazala, and the consensus seems to be appearing that talks should be given a complete chance first. Let’s render the full weight behind the peace talks, and accept all the [...]

Irfan Siddiqui MD PTV - PMLN Rewards Loyality of Journalist

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

Shame is a concept alien to most of the journalist in the Pakistan. Almost all of the journalists including media anchorpersons and columnists are affiliated to some political party, establishment, business group, foreign power, or to specific vested interest. Sorry, but I cannot name a single Mr. clean in our journalism. So much this has [...]

Pakistan Needs International Supermarkets Like Coles, Woolworths, Macys, Westfield

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Jan 15th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Small shopkeepers don’t pay taxes, and they never will in Pakistan. If by brute force, any government somehow miraculously compel them to pay taxes, there is no way to gauge their true income, as Pakistan consumer market is all based on cash. There is no concept of receipts, and no record is kept anywhere. It’s [...]