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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.

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...

The message was ‘loud’ and ‘clear’ from General Bajwa

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | It was a real fine policy statement from an Army Chief in recent times. Simple, straightforward, with no ifs and...

Trumpistan! The Trumpeter’s policy on Afghanistan is really their Policy on...

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | My late father, Col S.G. Mehdi M.C, would oft say. “Understanding a country’s history, especially events in the recent past...

National honor and prestige : PM,COAS must not meet Alice Wells

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | The American State Department has just announced that Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian...

Husain Haqqani: An opportunist turncoat!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | I must start with an apology because this is a very harsh indictment of Husain Haqqani. It is harsh because he...

The Uggar.. Mugger… Shuggar Crowd!

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | I’ve seen some of the craziest written and verbal gymnasts and contortionists in action today. I’ve seen arguments ranging from people...

Panamagate and what it tells us about ourselves?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | Panamagate and the apartments are symbols of the rot!They define and manifest the cancer of total corruption, criminality, loot and...

Our legacy,our democratic credentials and the storming of the Bastilles

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | In 2008, PPP got 13% of the registered vote, as per the Election Commission statistics which can be checked from...

Cockroaches- Part 2. The Rule of Law and due process

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | "It is rejected," said Marium Safdar for her incredibly "long" attention spans, an admirable trait inherited from her father and...

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