Monday, April 2, 2018

Why establishment dislikes 18th Constitutional Amendment?

The 18th constitutional amendment has eliminated the chance of any martial law in future. Although General Ayub Khan abrogated the Constitution of 1956, no military dictator has ever done this with the Constitution of 1973. Instead, it was either suspended or held in abeyance to capture power whereas Supreme Court of Pakistan validated these adventures.

The 18th Amendment has broadened the definition of treason through changes in Article 6 bringing in loop the judges who would validate in addition to generals thus ending an era of doctrine of necessity. Article 6 (2A) reads: “An act of high treason mentioned in clause (1) or clause (2) shall not be validated by any court including the Supreme Court and a High Court."

As the President of Pakistan’s power of dissolving Parliament and appointing governors have also been done away with, this is another step taken to discourage those thinking of martial law which was easily possible in past only through seizing power in the Center. Neither president can dissolve Parliament without the advice of prime minister nor can governors dissolve provincial assemblies without the advice of respective chief ministers after 18th Amendment which has heralded a new era of governance through consensus instead of coercion.

Not only any martial law is out of question, federal government has lost the right of imposing emergency in any province as was done against the NAP government in now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan through the imposition of Governor’s Raj during first PPP government, in Sindh during second PML-N government and in Punjab by fourth PPP government at federal level. Article 173 has been amended that says any such act requires ratification from the respective provincial assembly within 60 days.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Construction, destruction and reconstruction in Peshawar Metro project

The never ending cycle of construction, destruction and reconstruction in Peshawar Metro project proves that Pakistan's biggest problems are incompetence and mismanagement, creating opportunities for corruption and embezzlement.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Doing business is none of government business

Doing business is none of government business. All state owned companies and corporations should be put up for sale, including those that are doing commercial activity under defense cover. Nation's tax money should be spent on worthy causes, not on paying debts, liabilities and salaries of dead enterprises.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The stories of Jesus and the Quran

The stories of "Jesus (Peace be upon him) speaking from his mother's cradle" and "Jesus (Peace be upon him) and the birds, blowing birds into it and become real birds" are mentioned in the Quran.

Surprisingly, these stories are neither found in the New Testament nor found in the canonical Gospel of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.

However, in 1886 a dead body of a monk was discovered in the desert of Egypt, he was from the fourth century AD. In the coffins of the monks there were multiple scrolls and these scrolls contained Gospels that are beyond the four canonical Gospels.

One of these Gospels was the Gospel of Thomas and in the Gospel of Thomas we have both of these stories. The story of Jesus (Peace be upon him) speaking as a baby and the story of birds becoming real birds.

It's amazing that for 15 centuries, these stories were not known to any Christian community.

God is Great

Friday, April 14, 2017

Nangarhar - Another Nagasaki

The US Air Force has dropped the “Mother Of All Bombs” on Nangarhar, Afghanistan. It was the first time this 21,600-pound bomb — technically known as a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB — has been used.

The MOAB, which contains over 8,000 pounds of an Australian explosive called H6 that’s typically used underwater, is powerful: It has an explosion equivalent to 11 tons of TNT. In comparison, “Little Boy,” the uranium atomic bomb that the U.S. military dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945, had the explosive power of about 16 kilotons — or 16,000 tons — of TNT. “Fat Man,” the bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later, had an explosiveness of about 20,000 tons (or 20 kilotons). Units are key here; the level of damage caused by the MOAB versus nuclear weapons differs by a factor of 1,000.

However, the blast radius — that’s the distance from the point where the bomb is dropped — is comparable. MOAB’s blast radius is estimated to be about 1 mile, which is the same as the radius measured for the bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hollow argument of priorities

"It's all about priorities", is a sentence commonly heard from parrots. However, the priorities are rather contradictory and confusing, such as

"Bring peace first then play cricket in Pakistan. But improve sports first to bring peace."

"Provide ambulances and school buses first then improve roads infrastructure. But improve roads and transport infrastructure first then provide public transport."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tax Evading Taxis

A notification by the Punjab Transport Authority stated that Uber, Careem and A-One taxi services are illegally using private vehicles for transportation. This, in turn, was causing the provincial government financial losses. They further added that private cars were being used to provide taxi services without the issuance of the mandatory car-fitness certificate and route permit.

The notification further added that security clearance of drivers was also not sought from the government hence stern action would be taken against such companies.