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For the PM’s Eyes Only!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Apr 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Prime Minister: This is a brief top-secret report for your eyes only on the state of affairs on the Pakistani streets, examining how common citizens are thinking, feeling and questioning the prevailing political discourse as well as viewing their own existence in the present-day socio-economic environment within political ground realities in the country.
But first of [...]



Prisoners of their Mindsets

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Dec 12th, 2013 • Category: Politics

An ancient Yiddish saying goes as follows: “The fools would have been amusing, if they had not been our fools.”
And some unknown wise person said: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
It is obvious that today’s Pakistan suffers from the unmitigated political foolishness (the fools would have been amusing, [...]



Will Sheikh Rashid be the next Prime Minister?

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Dec 1st, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

We have the choice to try for a new world every day, to tell what we know of the truth every day, to take small actions every day.”
- A.L. Kennedy
“Write us a chapter to be proud of.”
- Bono
This article is based on a purely hypothetical scenario although politically and conceptually compatible with fundamental norms of [...]



Living in Coexistence with India!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Oct 31st, 2013 • Category: Politics

An Important Note: I urge the Pakistani foreign policy establishment in Islamabad to study/review this article as the basis of a paradigm shift in the PML-N leadership approach to Indo-Pak relations rather than consider it a brusque criticism of Nawaz Sharif’s government. The fact of the matter is that historically India’s political-military posture towards Pakistan [...]



Islamabad’s Myopic View of New Delhi!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Oct 3rd, 2013 • Category: Politics

Self-denial of fundamental ground realities and a humiliating illusionistic perceptive, largely induced by US pressures and its unending demands, has become a political and morally bankrupt dilemma for Pakistan’s foreign policy establishment in Islamabad in its political discourse towards India.  Islamabad wants the warm embrace of an everlasting political romance with New Delhi, a non-realistic [...]



Islamabad’s Political Incorrectness in the Karachi Dilemma!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Sep 20th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

he Federal Interior Minister is urged to read this article not as a rebuttal to Islamabad’s incumbent government and its recent peace process initiative for Karachi. In fact this article offers an alternate policy option on the issue based on commonly accepted democratic practices and an adequately politically correct approach to conflict resolution.
Leading social-psychologists all [...]



We, the “Blind, Deaf, Mute” People!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Sep 12th, 2013 • Category: Politics

I urge the national policy decision-makers and the foreign affairs managers in Islamabad to read this article as a policy document.  It illustrates some of our political leaderships’ flawed perceptual orientation about contemporary global political realities and offers out-of-the-box solutions for this country’s much-needed adjustments and political engagements with today’s fast-changing world.
First the diagnosis: Professor [...]



But Where is the Beef?

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 30th, 2013 • Category: Politics

Let us all applaud Islamabad for its overwhelming eagerness to strike absolute and lasting peace with New Delhi.  The Pakistani incumbent Prime Minister, in his first televised address to the nation, has claimed that he “sees his election victory as a mandate for peace with India.”  Indeed, we can all understand and appreciate the Prime [...]



The Serpent that Devours Itself!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 23rd, 2013 • Category: Politics

You must have heard of the snake that eats itself. Self-destruction is the nature of this beast. It is within its own intrinsic sense of revolt and transitory character that it destroys itself out of the fear of its own venom. It hurts its own existence because of the poison; it carries within itself that [...]



“Meal” Diplomacy in Islamabad!

By Dr. Haider Mehdi • Aug 9th, 2013 • Category: Politics

John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, was in Pakistan recently to meet and talk with the country’s new political leadership and top military commander. The Secretary said, “We are here to speak honestly with each other, openly about gaps that may exist that we want to try to bridge…Our [...]