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11 October, 2005

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The nation is still reeling from stunning magnitude of the disaster caused by a massive earthquake, said to be the most powerful to hit the region in 100 years, as thousands of rescue workers are digging through mud, rocks, and debris to find out thousands of dead and injured caught up underneath in Azad Kashmir and northern Pakistan.


According to initial estimates, some 50,000 deaths have been confirmed, mostly in Azad Kashmir, and once the beautiful valleys of northern Pakistan, whereas it is feared that the death toll may rise to much higher number.


Hundreds of thousands of victims of this deadliest disaster are lying under open sky as rescue teams have not so far managed to reach in various earthquake-hit areas due to continuous rains and land sliding, which have aggravated the gravity of the calamity.


Repeated aftershocks have compelled the victims to remain outdoor even in comparatively lesser effected areas of NWFP and Islamabad.


Except for some 2,000 who perished in Mansehra, Balakot, and adjoining areas in the NWFP, all the casualties took place in Azad Kashmir, where the epicenter of the killer earthquake lay.


In Muzaffarabad, and Rawlakot, almost 80 per cent of houses, government buildings, hospitals and shops have collapsed and frightened residents are spending chilly nights camped in fields, parks, graveyards and cars.


A senior United Nations official says that the death toll in the AJK might well exceed 30,000.


Though, the international community, including USA, has joined the massive rescue and relief operations, the government appeared to be unprepared and responded late and inadequately to the crisis as even the Information Minister was not aware of the disaster till 11:30 am. The corps commander Peshawar claimed on the second day of the calamity that merely 1000 people have been killed in NWFP, and that media is exaggerating the death toll.


Reports reaching here suggest that rescue operation has not so far been commenced in several affected areas.


Q-1, Are you satisfied with the government's response to the tragedy?
Q-2 Have we responded to the disaster as a united nation?
Q-3 What measures could be taken to minimize the disaster in case of more earthquakes?
Q-4 What should be done for rehabilitation of millions of homeless victims?

Reader Comments:

unity, love and affection

If there are any strengths that can keep us from evils, no matter what religion you believe in, unity, love, sympathy and affection are the traits that will protect us. have faith in the creator and things will fall in your favour... thats all we have to believe in. humanity should be our first religion. universality and fraternity should prevail over religions and such other chaunvinisms. rest God will take care of. religion is anybody's very personal matter and we must confine our religions to ourselves alone. this is exactly what islam also says...no one should be forcing anyone to accept the religion they believe in. all the religions are the religions of one creator. why make this an issue.

Ayesha Gul Abro, Canada - 24 January, 2007

Thank you and God Bless

man, this world is going ,but everything is going to be alright.

elih, Pakistan - 29 May, 2007

All i can say about those painful moments that have been taking place in pakistan, is the followin poetry... call it Patriotism or Love!
Let me die of this pain...
Weaved in every fibre of my heart,
Imbedded in each drop of my blood,
Running into my every single vein.

Let me die of this pain...
That ablazes my breathe and blurrs my vision,
Brings along a wind that priks through skin,
On the fire I step, again and over again.

Let me die of this pain...
On the subtle way of love and dreams,
This pain envelops my words and sights
Turning me from sane to insane.
Let me die of this pain.

Ayesha Gul Abro
Copyright ©2007 Ayesha Gul Abro















, Pakistan - 09 June, 2007

Is my land burning??

All i can say about those painful moments that have been taking place in pakistan, is the followin poetry... call it Patriotism or Love!
Let me die of this pain...
Weaved in every fibre of my heart,
Imbedded in each drop of my blood,
Running into my every single vein.

Let me die of this pain...
That ablazes my breathe and blurrs my vision,
Brings along a wind that priks through skin,
On the fire I step, again and over again.

Let me die of this pain...
On the subtle way of love and dreams,
This pain envelops my words and sights
Turning me from sane to insane.
Let me die of this pain.

Ayesha Gul Abro
Copyright ©2007 Ayesha Gul Abro















Ayesha Abro, Canada - 09 June, 2007

financial assistance to the students of Balakot

through this forum i want to draw the attention of international community to an important matter. i hail from the unfortunate Balakot. My town was turned into a pile of debris on the black day of october 8, leaving behing nothing else but bitter and indigestible reflections for us. In this calamity we lost all our mundane possession and today stand like a lost gambler. evern after the lapse of three years we are languishing in a plethora of problems. i am in want of words to describe how we are pulling the jolting cart of our lives. Serenity and tranquility of mind is a tale of days of yore.
Our youth is suffering from acute depression and other related ailments and to elude from those unforgettable moments has resorted to hashis and other drugs. Mothers and sisters still beating their chests for the departed souls of their children and brothers.
having waited for almost three years, we the youth of Balakot have decided to launch our own NGO. we have completely surveyed our area and have assessed the magnitude of deprivations and problems being faced by the lcommunity of Balakot. for girls there is no vocational centre and colllege. more than ninety percent of the youth is jobless. due to the jolts of the earth quake the mountains have become very uncertain and can drift during the Moon Soon Season. Similarly, the students of Balakot who are studying at degree leves have no financial assistance at all. My own younger sister is enrolled in CAT( a course leading to ACCA) at SKANS School of Accountancy, Islamabad. her annual expenditure is about Two Lac Rupees( two hundred thousand rupees).Uptill now we have managed her expenditure but now it has become next door to impossible to bear the expenditure. therefore, i appeal to the international community in general and to Pakistani brothers and sisters to come forward and held us. kindly, help us financially and give us guidence to establish a Balakot based NGO. My Mobile No is 0345- 5185-115 and my bank Account no is 8757-6, National Bank of Pakistan, PM Sectt. Branch, islamabad, Pakistan. i hope a very positive respose in this regard.

asim shahjehan, Pakistan - 25 April, 2008

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