Pakistan’s Great Flood: Thank You, Italy

Posted on September 26, 2010
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Pakistanis Abroad, Society, Travel
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Owais Mughal

Amidst all the talks of donor fatigue, what I saw in Italy myself has made me very heartened.

Last week I was buying coke in a store in Rome. A radio in the shop was blaring a pop song. After the song finished I heard the words of ‘Pakistan’ and ‘Emergency’ on the radio. Hearing these two words together of-course got my attention. The short speech was in Italian which I didn’t understand so I asked the shopkeeper what it was and in her limited English capacity she told me it was an ad for collecting donations for Flood victims in Pakistan.

I was indeed heartened.

Then some time later we were traveling in Rome metro when I saw this visual ad on train’s TV screen showing flood victims of Pakistan and asking for texting a number to do a 2 Euros donation. I noticed the frequency of this visual ad was every few minutes. I took out my camera and took the photo that is with this post.

I was heartened again.

I write this post only to say, ‘Thank You, Italy. We appreciate the help and the humanity.’

18 responses to “Pakistan’s Great Flood: Thank You, Italy”

  1. Jamal says:

    the world reaction has generally been dismal, specially in USA. But we must thank those few who have shown humanity in this crisis.

  2. Rehan says:

    Thank you Italy. At the end of the day we are all only human. Nothing more.

  3. wasim watio says:

    Common people of pakistan have been enduring the giant problems of Inflation , unemployment and government corruption for a few years. Pakistanis get ready for another blow! Your government is going to impose three different taxes of Rs.80 billion. These taxes are reformed GST, increase in the percentage of income tax from 2-3% to 10% and a high-amount property tax for urban areas. The most cruel part of these ruthless taxes is that they would be imposed on the middle and lower class only. No tax is going to be imposed on the upper or the elite class. It is time to wake up. How would the already suffering people of pakistan be able to pay these cruel taxes . Why don’t our corrupt rulers impose taxes on the riches ? Why don’t they impose agriculture tax ?. The answer is simple that the elite class is actually the ruling class. I don’t see anything stopping the imposition of these taxes so get ready for the miserable life waiting for you. Pakistan is a poor country for its common people only because the elite class of our country has a life style which is highly luxurious than the rich people of western countries. What is the need of a 90-minister-cabinet. According to Transparency international a single minister’s expenditure is Rs.1 lac per day. Yes , you hear me right, it is rupees One lac per day. So how can one say that pakistan is a poor country. Pakistan is a poor country but for its common people only.

  4. Crazee says:

    Maybe Italy didn’t knew that the Pakistani Prime Minister and 25 of his croonies haven’t paid their taxes for the past 5 years.

    Poor Italians got cheated because of their ignorance…

  5. Saeed says:

    Thank You, Itlay.

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