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Happy Birthday Pakistan!

By Rizwan Nasar • Aug 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Today when we are celebrating Pakistan’s 68th Independence, I am sad to admit our beloved country sits far from the vision our Quaid had created.  The current state of affairs has created an atmosphere of hopelessness and despair. Unfortunately, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  I was planning to write a tribute to [...]



I am the Royal Prime Minister of Pakistan

By Rizwan Nasar • Jul 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

My name is Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and I am the elected (really) Prime Minister of Pakistan.  My passion is traveling and I have gone on 17 overseas visits since I took office last May.  I am such a great leader that Pakistanis allegedly elected me with heavy mandate the third time over.  Pakistanis are [...]



Why Don’t Our Leaders Learn?

By Rizwan Nasar • Jul 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Pakistan is in a state of flux.  If you sit down and watch TV talk shows and visit social forums; it seems that the current government and its leadership are in dismay.  They do not know what to do and what to say.  Nawaz Sharif is desperately trying to prove to the world that all [...]



So Whose Country is it?

By Rizwan Nasar • Jun 18th, 2014 • Category: Politics

The Nation is at war and a major offensive has been launched against an enemy who has caused havoc on the country including the deaths of over 50,000 civilians and military personal.  The Prime Minister announces the war and next day leaves, with a high level delegation, for a “scheduled” visit to Tajikistan.
While the chief [...]



The Writ of the People

By Rizwan Nasar • Jun 17th, 2014 • Category: Politics

We have ignored this infestation for a very long time.  We would go for a little fumigation and clear some areas from these killer rodents and then someone would start screaming, “This is not our war”.  If it is not our war than why have over 50,000 of our civilians and military died at the [...]



ISIS – The New Threat to Humanity

By Rizwan Nasar • Jun 15th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

There was Boko Haram and now comes ISIS, another terrorist group calling themselves Muslims. The world blames the United States for this group that is a thousand times more vicious and violent than both Al Qaeda and Taliban put together.  They are on the march in Iraq while they have already created havoc in Syria.
Remember [...]



Still Living in the Previous Centuries!

By Rizwan Nasar • Jun 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

I was watching a talk show with a ‘famous host’ and something very interesting caught my attention.  He mentioned that Pakistan has three types of people – Ones who are living in the 21 century with their I pads and smart phones and account for no more than 1 to 2 percent of the total [...]



There is NO HONOR in Killing

By Rizwan Nasar • May 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Over 1200 females of all ages are killed in the name of honor every year in Pakistan. It is insane and totally crazy to think that one can safeguard their honor by taking a life. You do not only dishonor the one you kill but dishonor yourself and your family as well.  What bothers me [...]



I am not ashamed of my Pakistan

By Rizwan Nasar • May 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Today I read a Blog in a local on-line news site that made me think….. While I strongly disagree with the scribe that Jinnah made a mistake in creating Pakistan, I cannot deny the fact that Pakistan is a basket case today.  Is it Jinnah’s fault or the people who came after him?  I blame [...]



Our Nation’s Dilemma

By Rizwan Nasar • Apr 21st, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

“Now that’s reassuring. That, despite threats, attacks and murders, the media will somehow continue to speak out (as it does now and then) against injustice, criminal gangs, terrorist organizations, out of control state agencies and so on and so forth. But that’s just wishful thinking. There’s no point harking to the Zia-era repression and pointing [...]