ATP Gives: Remembering October 8, 2005

Posted on October 8, 2007
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Adil Najam

Today, October 8, marks the 2nd anniversary of the tragic earthquake hit Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, and parts of India and Afghanistan.

Pakistan Earthquake 2005

But we want to dedicate this post not only to the memory of what happened, but also to the reminder that much more still needs to be done. This post today is dedicated to Zalzala Khan. A little child born in the village of Pore, in the heart of the earthquake-hit region on October, 2005.Last year, marking the first anniversary of this event we had written (other ATP posts on the earthquake here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here):

This is a moment to simply pause, pray and ponder. To think back on what has been done and what still needs to be done.

The same is true today. But, memories fade, new calamities happen, people move on. As the poet says:

Reh gaya Mushtaq dil mein rang-e-yaad-e-raftagaaN
Phool mehngay ho gaye, qabrain purani ho gaeen

But the fact is that qabrain purani nahiN hoeeN. The wounds are still there and they still bleed. The reconstruction has been slow. Children are still without parents. The houses still need to be rebuilt. The villages have yet to be rehabilitated. Much has happened because of the good work of many. But not enough has happened. What remains to be done is much more. Its just that our attentions have been diverted.

There are, of course,many other claimants to our attention and to our generosity. Earlier this year, in July, we at ATP had announced a small donation to the relief effort in Balochistan for those hit by Cyclone YemYeni. We sent half of our gift through Edhi Foundation and the remainder directly to small NGOs working in the cyclone area. Today we have decided to donate our advertising revenue since then to the earthquake relief efforts that are still going on. What we have to offer is not much. But as any one who has been to the area since the earthquake knows, even ‘not much’ can go a long way.

Maybe ours is just a symbolic gesture. But symbols are important. We at ATP hope that what you will read into this small gesture from this small website is that we all can do something. Even if only a little. And if we all do a little, it will soon add up to a lot.

(P.S. Other posts today on Pakistani blogs on the earthquake include: Islamabad Metroblog, Karachi Metroblog, Lahore Metroblog, Teeth Maestro, Micro Pakistan, Chowrangi, Buzzvines, Mera Jehaan, Help-Pakistan. Please add yours in the comments section.)

15 Comments on “ATP Gives: Remembering October 8, 2005”

  1. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 8th, 2007 3:34 pm

    Zalzalah, one of the many hundred thousands
    known or still unknown phenominal technical system formulated and demonstrated by the omni genious
    of Allah (SWT) which surpises us everyday and yet
    warned us in advance through Quran.

    Our earthquake or Sunami alert system is not yet
    advanced, so we have to suffer unless every country is
    sufficiently equiped with warning system to only avoid
    human loss.

    We have’nt learned lessons and have a long way to go for
    a standard maximum safgety precautions as for
    constructions as well as determination of s

  2. October 8th, 2007 3:41 pm

    In case any reader wonders why we have the picture of a laughing child on a swing as our ‘splash’ header on the front page, I just wanted to say that this picture was taken as a relief camp for earthquake victims. The child is herself an earthquake victim and the point of this post is to highlight that we must do what we can to keep these children smiling in the future.

  3. SK says:
    October 8th, 2007 3:50 pm

    Encouraging news related to this anniversary:

    “There is a consensus among international aid organisations that Pakistan has made a surprising and exemplary recovery from its worst natural disaster.

  4. ayesha sajid says:
    October 8th, 2007 4:21 pm

    We were in Abottabad when the earth quake came and the only thought that occoured to us then and there was how small and weak we are when God almightys wrath hits us. The lawns were rolling, there was a thunder sound coming from somewhere deep underground before every jolt, the 80/90 year old fir trees were swinging like toys… and this was abbottabad where not much destruction took place.
    Our family contributed what we could , however we could , roping in friends from Lahore and Karachi but the sight of limbless people in Ayub Medical College complex and other hospitals in Abbottabad was enough make even grown people cry out loud.
    The aid has trickled to an almost stop now , the foreign agencies have donated thier field hospitals and most have gone back, some remain back, a lot has been done and surprisingly a lot is still being done by local people , by the army jawans who were targeted initially by trouble makers for not doing enough.
    But for all those pessimists who think not enough is being done , or not enough HAS been done , my humble opinion is that , A LOT of help has come forth from this nation and from the world at large. What that area was then , its not now.
    We leave for Kashmir on the 18th Inshallah to see for ourselves how things have progressed and where and how we can further contribute in our small capacity.
    Every small step counts , any small step goes a long way and the more personelly involved you are the more you can get done.
    We are a nation that comes together in tragedy and stands united, how sad that it takes a sad moment to get us together !

  5. Babar says:
    October 8th, 2007 5:02 pm

    I was eagerly waiting for this post Adil, thanks very much. It is vital that we remain informed and involved. I wrote a brief post about ERRA (which offers a lot of information about the rehab work) and its telecom related work.

  6. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 8th, 2007 5:30 pm


    Earthquakes, like many other natural disasters
    are direct geological “Action / reaction” based facultative phenomenon, now, since we are not prepared to
    confront them, therefore, vulnerable to a very disaterous
    consequences because of lack of comprehension, we react
    accordingly, i.e our disarray and grief.
    It can only be defined as a wrath unless a
    massive, collective mischief is comited by the whole
    nation. It is indeed a warning to our conscience and
    a reminder to our collective memory in this ordeal as
    well as a TEST.

  7. Neena says:
    October 8th, 2007 6:21 pm

    It’s good to hear every survivor has adequate shelter this winter.

  8. Abid says:
    October 9th, 2007 12:22 am

    Heard it at a khutba ….

    While we are reflecting on the earthquake anniversary and reminiscence on our Ramadan, it might be better if we also contemplate and reflect on our weakness in the face of the forces of nature, the insecurity of our lifestyles and the temporary nature of the material world ….

    Take note, O people of insight
    [Quran 59:2]

  9. bilal says:
    October 9th, 2007 12:26 am

    Rafay Kashmiri can you let me know how can you term such a thing as Allah’s wrath? If He is the most merciful how can he test us by killing innocent children in huge numbers? Is there an explanation for this?

    Most of all, what about those children who are impaired for life and loose all their future and parents? Why would the Almighty do such a thing? The “He is testing us” theory is false and does not make any sense to me.

  10. Karim says:
    October 9th, 2007 2:02 am

    Well done Pakistaniat.
    Your gesture is a good one. I think this spirit is the right one. Let each one ask what he can do and lets do it. Too many people talk to much and do too little.
    Thank you for setting a good example by your generosity. We saw a lot of Pakistanis opening their hearts after the earthquake but as you say let us not forget that our support is still needed.
    Is there a way we can also help you in thsi good work?

  11. October 9th, 2007 3:49 am

    Assalamo Alaikum!

    I am interesting in submitting one of my post at ATP. Can you guide me how to do it?

  12. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 9th, 2007 5:26 am

    Qiblah Bilal Saheb

    I have just (5.30 pm) replied to Ayesha’s post, who refered to Allah’s wrath. pls. have a look at it.

    I will try to clarify that, AlMighty IS Always Merciful, we have no idea, if He starts opening up our accounts, what have we done to each other, and to the nature with which we cohabit, well, the entire population will sieze to exist, He is ,
    thank God, not judging us every morning, as we are perfectly consience of our acts.

    Nobody can ever force Allah (SWT) to wage war against
    each others, we are destroying our own planet which was bestowed to us, go and enjoy !

  13. Qandeel says:
    October 9th, 2007 6:16 am

    When I first saw this picture it seriously gave me the spine-chills. Its almost as haunting is that famous National Geographic cover of an Afghani girl:

    Incidentally, I read in Dawn today that Musharraf is rather pleased with the reconstruction efforts in the quake-hit regions, and it seems the government will be doing more to help:

    Its refreshing to see the government and civil society so aware and active with regards to this isue. Also I think the responsibility being felt by Pakistanis within and outside Pakistan is commendable and even inspiring. There is some goodness still left!

  14. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 9th, 2007 5:46 pm

    Allah (SWT) ka din aik REHMAT hay ,
    Ussay Khuda’ra ZEHMAT mat Banai’iey

    Shab-e-Qadr aur Eid Mubarak to all in Pakistan.

  15. Tina says:
    October 10th, 2007 9:17 am

    Great post. Does anybody know anything about the picture of the girl, who she is and what happened to her? I am curious.

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