Adil Najam and Owais Mughal
As Mosharraf Zaidi wrote in his post yesterday: “In the long run, only Pakistan can help Pakistan.”
As long-time readers of this site know, central to our notion of Pakistaniat is the idea that taking national responsibility is as important as having national pride. With the number of displaced Pakistanis fleeing from the violence and mayhem in Swat and other areas on the rise and given the dire need to act in this hour of need, we at All Things Pakistan are committed to donate part of our advertising revenue to support the relief efforts. We hope that some of you will join us and also chip in with whatever contributions you can.
We realize that many of our readers are already doing so through other means. We salute you.
We also realize that many others who are able to make larger contributions, will do so through more formal channels of giving. We urge you to do so in urgency.
But we also realize that some may not yet have found a right venue to give or may be thinking that what they can contribute is so small will not make a difference. If you are one of them, do please consider giving – no matter how small an amount – through the widget on this page (you can pay through a credit card or a PayPal account). We will consolidate these contributions and add to these our own and find a cause that can directly and immediately help those in such great need. Please also suggest to us what are the best ways to get whatever we collect and contribute through our advertising to the IDPs. We will consider your suggestions on who to give this money to, how, and for what, as we make that final decision.
It does not matter how large your contribution is; its the thought that counts. It does not even matter whether you give through our drive or to any other worthy cause. It matters only that we do not remain silent and we do act. In whatever way we can. To whatever extent we can. Through whatever means we can.
Mosharraf Zaidi reminded us yesterday how Pakistanis everywhere came together to respond to the needs of those distressed by the horrific earthquake a few years ago. He also reminded us that, “The response to the earthquake must not be a one-off demonstration of humanity. It must prove to be the rule in Pakistan.”
Let us please take his call to heart; and to open up our own hearts. For us, as important as the money collected is how many people contribute, no matter what the amount. Because the number of people who speak up in support for these Pakistanis who are fighting all of our battles for us is itself a vote saying that we are a nation and as a nation we stand together in times of need.
Some years ago I wrote a book titled “Portrait of a Giving Community” – it argued that we Pakistanis are a generous and giving people. The devastating Earthquake hit just as the book was being published and it demonstrated the point I was trying to make.
Today, it is time yet again to make the same point. Please do help us in doing so.