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Floods, land sliding & Islamabad plane crash; It’s like Mother Nature decided to wage a multi-pronged assault on us. I guess you can’t blame it after all we haven’t been acting in the best of manners either. However, the point under discussion is not to decide whether all this is a punishment or not but how we acted & reacted.
Yet again it has been proven that we are not either equipped or trained to handle a disaster situation, be it natural or man-made. The thing that is bothering me the most is how much time it will take us to actually understand our situation & construct our institutions accordingly. For one monsoons are no surprises, they come every season so why were we not prepared? Then didn’t earthquake of 2005 teach us anything? And what about the more than 90 thousand IDPs situation we faced & still are facing thank to the continuous drone attacks. Not to forget the fact that we have passed the limit where a suicide attack get’s a title for remembrance like 9/11, 7/7 & 26/11 etcetera because for us it has become a regular feast & if we marking these dates our calendars will be overflowing.
Coming back to our recent troubles.
While watching the coverage of all that is going on & as usual when the statement was announced that the army has been called in to manage the situation, one of the voices in the room announced that it seems we recruit supermen in our army. A senior voice replied that there was a time we were trying to train everyone to be a superman. When explanation was demanded the discussion was dragged to the good old days before Zia-ul-Haq decided to ruin the basic fabric of this nation & turn it into something that resembles a herd. So as always the details started off by a solemn ceremony praying that he burns in hell for eternity.
Then the explanation drifted to the system of civil defense which now only exists in name like most of other departments. There was a time when civilians were part of such groups which enabled them to fully equipped to handle such calamities which we are currently facing & no one seems to find an effective solution as there is no organized platform which can supervise the relief efforts. There is no doubt that individual efforts are always prompt & filled with complete sincerity in our country, unfortunately until & unless they are canalized.
Students from high schools, colleges & universities were part of different organizations like girls guide; boys scout which were active participants in the relief activities during the floods in East-Pakistan which is now Bangladesh & elsewhere.
Some serious though should be given to the revival of such organizations, as they are the need of the hour. Till this point the official figures of the people who have lost their lives in these floods is 800, & we know that the real figures are definitely high & by the time this will end there will be a lot of people about whom we won’t even know what happened to them. Local people are managing the relief work on their own as we can see that there is no sign of the presence of the government. Something that is not new, whenever the country has faced some kind of catastrophe the government runs away from any practical work, all they do is get their photo sessions & release statements. In the present moment both the so called biggest political parties have grabbed it as an opportunity for point scoring, without realizing that nobody cares a flying rats ass at the moment when all that people can see is misery of their fellow countrymen.
To those who think that as far as this problem is not their personal one, they can relax they too better wake up. They might be sitting safely in their homes but that does not by any way is a grantee that they will not be affected. The areas that have been heavily affected will result in the sky rocketed prices of food items. Our memories are too short, that’s why we have forgotten that when we bombarded our northern areas we suffered the shortage of meat products because those areas are out supply lines for them. Same will happen for other food items now.
Everything is connected now so we should get rid of the theory that as far a situation that does not effects us directly, we need to stay out of it as now each & everything effects everyone.
This Independence Day comes with the country being surrounded by problems with more than 10 thousand square kilometers of land submerged under flood waters. The UN has declared that number affected by Pak floods may exceed 2004 tsunami, 2005 Kashmir earthquake and 2010 Haiti earthquake combined.
The cynics are having a nice time though as according to them they have been predicting all this since long, unfortunately no one listens to them. Exactly, what have they been predicting, the national disasters or the inefficiency of the government. The latter requiring no predictions, they follow a set pattern, one we know by heart now.
So Pakistan turns 63 today, how many more years you grant it before your very favorite prediction comes true, something this lot I guess dreams of every night. Anyways sorry people you can only dream about it as we are here to stay you like it or not. The biggest reason of it being, our endurance level something which, even a former CIA official could not escape from noticing. “Pakistanis will do as they have always done. They will endure.” http://tinyurl.com/2wvgzj4
Few days back I got the link of a video http://tinyurl.com/255bqho created for the purpose of boosting our ever drowning moral. Something that was staring out from that video was the fact that we are blessed by nature & individual talent. What we lack is to put all these as combine efforts which will result in the uplift of the whole. This is one area we need to work on.
Whatever the odds, hope is something which has always been a parallel to our land. Something that has proven to be a life line for us. The cynics can say whatever they want, as that is the only thing they do best, hand out free predictions. When asked to chip in any small way, you will be loaded with a long list of reasons why your very idea is a flop. Sometimes it makes you wonder how they can never be burdened for not trying. But when one sees those clinging to the life line of hope & giving back in whatever way they can, the pessimism that one just can’t help being surrounded by vanishes.
The power house of this hope lies with the people & time & again they have showed its power & effectiveness. We face a situation where we need to keep aside our age old differences & get through this together because we won’t be able to if we did not pool in our efforts. Keeping our hopes etched on to the centers which have failed us time & again is no solution. It is time to give back & in a way say thank you to the land which has never led us down even when its people were not able to return back the favor which was its due.
This is no time for calling quits. We have to be the change we want to see.