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Musharraf - A Democratic Dictator

By Gul Raiz • Apr 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Go and ask anyone on the streets to select between democracy and belly-full, and if you are a GEO viewer, you might be shocked to see that 100% of them will opt for taking care of their hungry kids first. Should we lick such democracy in which only the select few like Mian Mansha and [...]



Send Troops Abroad, If They Pay Money

By Gul Raiz • Mar 21st, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Why not? We need hard cash like anybody else, and more so amidst all these crisis at home. So I say, whoever pays the money, even if it’s the ‘kala shaitan’, just take it and send your troops. Let’s also sell them arms and build a formidable industry around it, providing jobs to the people [...]



Pakistan Should Hire Blackwater to Combat Taliban Terrorists

By Gul Raiz • Mar 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Why not? World over, it has become a successful standard to hire the contractors to do such wars. The prime reason these contractors have such a huge success rate, amounting to almost 98%, is because they do it with impunity and professionally, and its like a job for them and they are specialized in it. [...]



Imran Khan in Taliban Team - Is TTP Serious?

By Gul Raiz • Feb 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
All warfare is based on deception. When the enemy draws near to you, cry out, “We want peace.” When enemy turns to consult among themselves, regroup and attack.
In my opinion, Taliban terrorists have [...]



Take $33 Million and Give Shakeel Afridi

By Gul Raiz • Jan 17th, 2014 • Category: Politics

From my side, you can go ahead and along with Shakeek Afridi even give away Shahid Afridi for that sum of money to anybody who asks. Like it or not, Shakeel Afridi is a hero of the world, just like Malala, who helped nabbing a terrorist. Our agencies and other security apparatus failed miserably for [...]



Aitzaz Hassan - What a Waste

By Gul Raiz • Jan 13th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

All these police officers like Chaudhry Aslam and common students like Aitzaz Hassan are giving away their lives, actually for nothing. All they have done is to provide some spice for the 24*7 TV channels, and a chance for some anchors to prove themselves intrepid. As usual after their deaths, there is usual inflow of [...]



Da Talibano Plaar

By Gul Raiz • Dec 26th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

If the terrorists in our tribal region fear anything, its the drones. So much so is the fear of this great technology among the terrorists, that the local tribal people call drones as ‘Da Talibano Plaar’, which translated to ‘Father of Taliban’ in English. This perfectly describes the validity, clout, impact, and utility of the [...]



Most Stupid Dharna Ever

By Gul Raiz • Nov 25th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Pakistan has seen literally hundreds of big sit-in (Dharna, In Urdu) across the country by different parties and leaders on different issues. Dharna politics was initially promoted and perfected by the religious parties, especially the Jamat-e-Islami. According to some ironic souls, the religious parties loved the sit-ins, as they were too fat to stand for [...]



5 Top Reasons Why Drones Are Not Bad for Pakistan

By Gul Raiz • Nov 21st, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

As yet another drone strikes in the settled area of Tul near Hangu, media is abuzz with different voices. Everybody, in their hearts, is wishing for some high value target, but for the public consumption they are condemning these attacks. The silent majority of Pakistanis don’t mind these drone attacks at all as they have [...]



Jadoo by Pakistani Gov on Hakim ullah

By Gul Raiz • Nov 10th, 2013 • Category: Politics

Dawn newspaper has reported that TTP spokesperson has accused that government of Pakistan is now using black magic and sorcery to harm and kill the Taliban terrorist leaders. They say that their drone-targeted leader Hakimullah who was killed last week was also target of that jadoo by the government. How wonderful!!!
Now we know that what [...]