I think its a real good step towards coming out of this war. This war has taken every piece of dignity and pride from many people who have any sense of justice, freedom and respect for human rights. This was never our war like that so called cold war thing was not ours. But in both cases Pakistan’s leadership presented itself as mercenaries for other countries and as a result Pakistan and its people faced worst situations of their history. Many people who wouldn’t ve normally thought about leaving the country were made to leave the country not because of the hardships but because of the shame and hopelessness of not being able to stop it. I really feel bad when so called “our” army bombs villages just because they have to please their imperialist master or some idiot in GHQ thinks that violating agreements with tribes will achieve some geo-strategic goals.
For once, true liberals and people who believe in freedom, justice and self-respect should come out against these violations of human rights and this whole damn war. Pakistan was doing great in first 2-3 decades before it fully committed to the cause of serving imperialism and its military junta started to serve as mercenaries for others. Industries, Universities etc all were in good shape and in fact before this current war 90s wasn’t even that bad despite corruption. But this war has broken the backbone of the country and now even thinking about hope seems to be a delusion.
Only ignorant people or people with deep rooted sectarian and social class prejudices will oppose this peace march towards Waziristan. People who are doing this march for peace and justice should continue with their great work and ignore these sectarian and social class fascists (or fake liberals) who have put us in this mess of war. Tribal areas became part of Pakistan through some agreements and it was Pakistan Army which violated these agreements. Technically tribal people have full right to demand freedom but at least they have not yet gone for this option.
I pray for the safety and success for the participants of this Peace March and inshaAllah it will be a great success.
PTI has scheduled a peace march to Waziristan. Waziristan has been a target of unjust and illegal drone attacks from USA (supported by Pakistani government and army) and military operations.
People of the area are living in misery for last decade due to this unwanted and imported war which only serves the purpose of greedy ruling elite and their foreign masters. It is good to see that media and human rights organizations have shown their interest in joining this cause for peace and justice.
Pakistani military establishment and government are trying their best to sabotage the peace march and so the peace process in order to ensure that the interests of their foreign masters remain in tact. Denying visas and issuing threat warnings are attempts to demoralize people who want to serve this cause for justice. It is a high time for all peace and justice loving people to come forward and help this peace initiative in whatever way they can.
We support PTI’s Waziristan Peace March on 7th October 2012 and pray for their success and safety.
We thank the people of Nottingham for this and others all over the world who helped us and still helping.
Nottingham school opens its doors to earthquake survivors
A new school has emerged from the rubble of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake – paid for by the generous people of Nottingham.
Thursday October 8th marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, and sees the construction of the school near completion.
2005’s Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Munir, launched an appeal days after the earthquake struck northern parts of Pakistan, claiming around 75,000 lives and leaving millions homeless. The aim was to fund a long-term project rather than provide immediate relief aid. A number of fundraising events, including the Drop in the Ocean music festival, a special locally-produced play staged at the Theatre Royal, and proceeds from the City Council staff Christmas party, raised over £100,000.
Who can forget the devastation of 8 October 2005 Northern Pakistan & Kashmir earthquake which claimed the lives of thosands of people and left more as homeless and injured.
The biggest victim of the earthquake were kids and educational institutions as the earthquake came at morning time when many of the kids were in schools and got hit by the devastation.
The people of Pakistan especially and all over the world in general immediately rose to the call and showed their support to the affected people.
(image taken from:http://worldproutassembly.org)
Sadly the response from our government and international ones except for initial days cannot be considered as great. Pledges were made , estimates of rehabilitation were given but not much on the ground was done.
Still hundreds of thousands are living in tents , more than 1300 educational institutions are yet to be built leaving more than 100,000 people to study under the open sky or in temporary camps.
I don’t know after having so many refugees from Bajur,Sawat,Waziristan and other places due to an undue war how the victims of the 2005 earthquake will get the attention they need.
Nation on 8 October remembered the tragic eartquake of October 8, 2005 with heavy heart.
It still seems to me an event happened just yesterday or so when the nation saw one of the most devastating earthquakes the world has ever seen.
Mountains on North of Pakistan shook with the vibration of death and horror. Thousands died (figures varying from 79000 to over 100,000 mostly school going children) , more than 300,0000 people got displaced and billions of dollars of property loss was reported.
Also I cannot forget the united effort shown by the nation (and I want that unity back but without any disaster) for a cause to help their brothers and sisters facing the most shocking experience of their lives.
Still there is lot to be done in the area (Govt. says 2011 will be the date when the area will be fully rebuild, God knows better we can just hope for the best).
Also questions should be asked about the inquiries which were initiated to investigate the collapse of structures like Margalla Towers in Islamabad and why the state machinery wasn’t ready for the disaster?
(Margall Towers:When the victims will get justice?)