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Syed Haider Raza Mehdi is the current Convenor of The Strategy Study Group, founded by the late Col. S. G. Mehdi M. C, former Group Commander of Pakistan Army's Special Services Group (SSG). Haider is a former Pakistan Army officer, corporate leader, management consultant, business trainer, and serial entrepreneur.

Day of embarrassment for PTI & Imran Khan? – Haider Mehdi

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Yesterday was a harrowing and embarrassing day for Imran and PTI. Barely 20 days in and they tasted the angry and...

PM visits the GHQ. A short note! – Haider Mehdi

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | What should have been a norm is seen as a great moment. And yes it is. For once we have...

Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan! – Haider Mehdi

Syed Raza Haider Mehdi | This is not a comprehensive review of Imran and PTI's barely 7 days in office. While the dung beetles will head...

The “New” Saudi Arabia! – Haider Raza Mehdi

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Recently we saw an assertive Saudi Arabia slam Canada with a volley of diplomatic and economic punches which left Canada...

Pakistan’s 72 Independence Day: New surge of excitement, why? – Haider...

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | As we celebrate our 71st Independence day with a feeling of much greater hope and renewed vigour as a new...

NAB: Misguided Jihad is far more dangerous?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | In recent months we have seen a plethora of actions by the Superior Judiciary and NAB in taking cognizance of...

Where do we start – Good governance and performance?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | As we enter a new phase in governance in Pakistan, expectations are high as are the challenges we face. Here's a...

A time for reconciliation and rebuilding – Haider Mehdi

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | The Nation has spoken! In some places resoundingly in favor of change and Imran. In others with qualified support. In...

The fly or the honeybee? – Haider Mehdi

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Imam Ali ibn e Abi Talib, said anybody looking for an evil (evil example) is like a fly that leaves...

The Match and the Tournament!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | It's the last ball of the match and this time Imran has hit it clean out of the ground! It's...

Who & who are fighting Imran Khan?

Haider Raza Mehdi | Just look at the enemies surrounding Imran, the Supreme Court, NAB and the Army! Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Asfandyar Wali, Achakzai, Fazal,...

Pakistan’s Kleptocrats, Plutocrats, Generals & the Army? – Haider Mehdi

Haider Raza Mehdi | Given the massive onslaught on the Pakistan Army by International media, specifically USA and India and parts of our national media...

Sharif Saga: End of kleptocrats & thugs?

Haider Raza Mehdi | Seeing the latest social media onslaught by the Sharif supporters that depicted the "helplessness" of Dad Sharif and daughter Sharif; "poor...

Nawaz and Maryam: Between devil & deep blue sea? -Haider Mehdi

Haider Mehdi | A non-establishment but very knowledgeable pigeon whispered in my ear that Nawaz, after the Avenfield judgment, had approached several quarters requesting that...

A telephone call from Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | A few hours ago I received a call from Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, former Army Chief with reference to my...

What’s the real story on Osama? 

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Only Gen. Kayani knows and perhaps this cigar smoking, scotch drinking ex-army dude, called Col. Iqbal (Bailey) But from what Gen....

Nawaz Sharif- traitor or trader?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | There's a famous dialogue attributed to Abu Sufyan in the movie ‘The Message’ when he refuses to re-attack the Muslim...

Insanity is to expect different results from the same behaviors (Alcoholics...

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Our core issue, now nearly a cliché, is good governance. Good governance comes through people with competence and integrity and...

Gen. Bajwa’s silence on the NSC PRESS RELEASE!

Haider Raza Mehdi | Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is a wily character. A bureaucrat, who worked closely with him says..."He's a very cunning man, uses his...

Thank you Nawaz Sharif for showing your real colors

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi| If anyone had any doubts about this man, Nawaz Sharif's sanity and desperation to save his wealth and from going to...

Free advice and ground realities!

Haider Raza Mehdi | People have tons of free advice and opinions to offer from the sidelines without understanding context and environment. We want the world...

Pakistan’s ‘Tipping Point’

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Malcolm Gladwell in his seminal work defined "Tipping Point" as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold...." He goes on to...

Pakistan’s democracy: Jithay dee Khothee Uthaay Aan Khalothee!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi  | There's a saying in Punjabi. "Jithay dee Khothee uthay aan khalothee". Loosely translated: The she donkey (or whatever one calls a...

When the best and the brightest betray a nation!

Haider Raza Mehdi | A grandfather tells his grandson there are two wolves inside us, always at war with each other. One is a good...

Why we should support Imran Khan

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | We are unforgiving when it comes to others. But beneath the surface we are deceitful, hypocritical liars and cheats. Not...

Is the ‘Pashtun Tahafuzz Movement’ being exploited?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Interesting to see the emergence of PTM right before our elections and especially when Pakistan is under the constant USA pressure vis...

The good people of Pakistan! Making a difference!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | For years I've written about the terrible corruption and loot and plunder which prevails in Pakistan.  About how our leaders have...

Is Pakistan losing the battle for its soul?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | This story perhaps describes best what's happening in Pakistan today A grandfather tells his grandson there are two wolves inside us,...

The Army isn’t wearing Trousers – A postscript!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | As anticipated, the earlier article referred above "The Army isnt wearing Trousers" has stirred up quite a storm showering me...

Haider Mehdi crys: The Army isn’t wearing their Trousers!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Many have questioned why I haven't taken the army to task as I oft do with the other civilian public-sector...

The vultures feeding over Lodhran!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi |   The Vultures circling over Lodhran are anticipating a feast!    The many wolves in sheep's clothing are now thankfully, uncovered. Petty hypocrites,...

Time to get rid of crooks

Haider Mehdi | At a recent seminar in Toronto, organized by OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America) I heard a talk by Dr....

Pakistan Army’s position on Economy & Sharif dynasty’s need for chaos?

 Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | I think this may be the beginning of a move to build public opinion for a possible interim arrangement to...

Pakistanis wake up before you are sold…

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | In the realm of spirituality, the battle is between our Ego or Nafs; considered the source of all that is...

Let’s root out all enemies from my beloved country Pakistan

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Heartwarming and wonderful words spoken extempore, and clearly from the heart by Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at Lt. Arsalan’s Shaheed...

BRICS declaration: China did exactly what it wanted!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | In my view the BRICS announcement is actually an announcement of a change in Pakistan’s policy vis a via the...

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