ATP Gives: Remembering October 8, 2005

Posted on October 8, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, About ATP, Disasters, Economy & Development, Society
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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 responses to “ATP Gives: Remembering October 8, 2005”

  1. Tina says:

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

  2. Rafay Kashmiri says:

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

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

  3. Qandeel says:

    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: yA_story.html

    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!

  4. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    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 !

  5. Assalamo Alaikum!

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

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