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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trump's Triumph

President Obama humiliated Trump at a white house dinner in 2011, he even showed a photo of "Trump White House" to his audience. That move literally sealed Trump's fortunes and Obama himself will hand over white house key to Trump.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Panama-gate Hearing - A Game of Chess

The first hearing of cases related to Panama-gate scandal in Supreme Court, after admission of petitions, turned out to be a game of chess, where both the respondents and the petitioners tried to hold their card close to their chests.

The respondents lawyer only submitted a reply on behalf of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's response, completely denying the allegations, while asking for precious time from Supreme Court for submitting premier's children responses, who are the actual owners of companies involved in panama-gate. This non submission of responses will leave the petitioner's lawyers with less time for presenting their counter arguments.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Afghanistan only considers Pakistan as her first cousin

Afghanistan doesn't consider Pakistan as her brother (or sister), rather she considers Pakistan as her first cousin.

In our (Afghani and Pakistani) societies, people mostly show jealousy towards their first cousins, but when they need help they always look towards their cousins. And cousins are generally helpful in time of need.