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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pakistani winners lose by 39 runs

Pakistan's bid for a world-record chase fell a mere 40 runs short, allowing Australia to exhale after coming close to coughing up a match they had dominated over the first four days and nights at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba.

Late middle order batsman, Asad Shafiq's sublime century and sturdy support from tailender Yasir Shah took Australia close to their wit's end, but a Mitchell Starc short ball did for Shafiq when the visitors needed only 41 runs to steal the most fanciful of victories. Three balls later, Smith struck the final blow, running out Yasir from slip after the number 10 wandered out of his crease and ending a match that had seemed destined for a much wider margin.