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This Public Service message is by Haqeeqat.org, and personally formatted by Omer Jamil, with such an excellent details containing complete information to help Victims of Flood. Please stand with them in such disaster.

Pakistan’s deadliest floods in decades killed more than 2000 people and overwhelmed government efforts to provide aid, officials and relief workers said. More than 2000 people have died in Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Noor Muhammad, a press officer for the provincial development ministry. Government and private relief agencies are managing to provide “only 5 percent of what’s required,” Mujahid Khan, provincial spokesman for the Edhi Foundation, which runs Pakistan’s largest ambulance and rescue services, said by phone from Peshawar.

According to United Nations , about more than 13 Million people affected from this flood, more than Tsunami.

Officials in Pakistan’s other provinces — Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan — braced for the floodwaters moving down the Indus River and its tributaries. The Sindh government ordered residents evacuated from locales along the Indus.


The floods, which according to U.K. charity Oxfam may be Pakistan’s worst in 85 years, may cut the production of rice, sugarcane and corn by about 10 percent to 15 percent, said Nasir Cheema, president of Pakistan’s Chamber of Agriculture.

Pakistani television networks showed survivors clinging to trees or debris in muddy, raging mountain rivers.

Following is a list of donation links, NGO’s, relief resources, organizations and individuals working to support flood victims of Pakistan. If you are willing to contribute, or know somebody who can help, please contact the following. Please note that besides sending cash through below mentioned charity organizations, you can support by providing following commodities. Please do not donate old/expired stuff. Make sure edible items are hygienic and properly packed:

  • Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes
  • Utensils: Jerricans (large plastic cans that hold 20 liters of water or other liquids), Crockery, Buckets
  • Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels
  • Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk (tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water, Cooked Food

Medicines:

  1. Water purification tablets.
  2. Life saving drugs.
  3. Vaccines
  4. Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol, pethadine, kinz, panadol, brufen, voren, synflex
  5. Antibiotics e.g. Augmenton, Tetnus, Amoxil, Gentamycin.
  6. IV cannulas- most common are 18,22,24- Butterfly cannulas: these are for children
  7. IV Drip sets
  8. IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate,haemacelle
  9. Local anesthetics (injections)
  10. Cotton bandages, cotton.
  11. Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers, surgical tapes
  12. Suturing materials, Skin staples, bsorbable and non absorbable: catgut sutures, vicryl, proline
  13. Bandages: crepe
  14. Gauze pads
  15. Sani-plasts
  16. Folleys catheter and urine bags
  17. Cotton
  18. Surgical blades
  19. IV pain killers: diclofenac
  20. Pyodene solutions are decontamination
  21. Cough syrups
  22. Sedatives: xanax, sossegon
  23. Antibiotics: again oral and IV: most common are augmentin, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, zinacef,clafron, penicillin G, ampliclox, oral or IV flagyl syrup, cefspan
  24. Vaccines: inj TT/ inj ATS

CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS IN PAKISTAN:

Al-Khidmat Foundation: Donate here: http://al-khidmatfoundation.org/donate-here.php

Edhi Foundation: Donate here: http://www.edhifoundation.com/contact.asp

Sarhad Rural Support Programme

Concerned citizens based in Lahore are collecting relief items for the Sarhad Rural Support Programme, the largest NGO in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. SRSP’s experience and size make it the most suitable choice for donations at this time. They are a part of the Rural Support Programmes Network (rspn.org), founded by Shoaib Sultan Khan, who was nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize (along with President Obama and others).

People may make donations directly to SRSP, write crossed cheques to us in favor of SRSP or donate relief goods directly to them (which will then be loaded on to trucks headed for SRSP warehouses in Peshawar. People are also welcome to join in the effort of loading the trucks and actually making the trip to the affected areas to see the profound difference their generosity makes in the lives of so many.

The link to their Facebook page is : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120053684708340

Contacy: Umar Agha. Cell: 0321 842-2425 and email: ua2121@columbia.edu

Maymar Trust

To donate a ( 10 x 10) tent for a family: Rs. 12,000

A huge tent ( 14 x 14) for a few families: Rs. 5,000

A tent for a mosque ( 30 x 30) : Rs. 30,000

Gas Cylinder: Rs. 900

Generator: Rs. 80,000

Food: 8,000/-for one month

Medical Supplies: Rs.20 to 25,000/- ( for one day )

Beds and bedding: 300 per bed

Plastic Tirpal ( shade)( 4 x6) : Rs.900/-

Donate here:

Account Title: Muhammad Faisal

A/c No: 011802008000265

Meezan Bank/ Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi.

Or

A/C Title: Tariq Manzoor

0118994011000621

Muslim Commercial Bank

Branch Code: 1555

Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation see: http://www.oakdf.org.pk/

Here is the information required to make a donation:

Title of Account: Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation

Account #: 0030445261000455

Name of Bank: MCB Bank (1028), Super Market, Islamabad-Pakistan

Swift Code: MUCBPKKAMCC

Tax Exemption: 6043/ATD/2008-09

Sungi:

Donate here: http://sungi.org/emergency_donations_contact_information.html

Pakistan Red Crescent Society:

PRCS has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad. Please see: http://www.prcs.org.pk/help.asp

Pakistani Youth:

Please see:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140364565986483&ref=mf

An independent group of students:

see: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147776388569606&ref=nf

The Volunteers/ Voice of the Civil Society:

VOTCS with the help of our Pak Army jawans will be sending Provisions to the affectees. VOTCS is now a registered (No. DSW 3369-K) welfare organization in Pakistan, and is operating as a Non-Profit, Public Charity in the North America, Inc. – 501(C)(3) Organization(Tax Exempted)

HABIB BANK LIMITED ACCOUNT NO IS 1549-79001393-03

For more info call:

Hadia khan@03018245999

Sadia Haroon@03218251122

Irum Farooque@03002332142

Samina Punjwani@ 786-367-6559 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting786-367-6559end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting786-367-6559end_of_the_skype_highlighting Miami Florida

RONAQ-E-QAINAAT

Young doctors are in the process of arranging a series of free medical camps in the flood affected areas. First Camp is at Nowshera.

Please Contact Ms. Alina Akhyar at alinaakhyar@yahoo.com, who will email you the Trust’s past activities, bank account details and other queries. They have already done some pretty impressive work.

Account number: 00400101065364

Account title: Khadija Nadeem

Askari Bank

Chaklala Scheme 3 branch

Rawalpindi,

Khadija is the founding member and handling all donations.

INTERNATIONAL CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS:

Trocaire (an Irish NGO that’s funding Noor Education Trust, Rural Development Project and Pakistan Village Development Program):

Trócaire has already launched an emergency appeal and committed €200,000 to help families and communities in the north west of the country.

In Peshawar district, one of the worst affected areas, Trócaire’s partners have already begun working in 4 villages where 10,000 people need food, water and support.

Trócaire has been working in Pakistan for over 20 years, making it well placed to respond quickly to this disaster and get help quickly to where it’s needed most.

Cecil Dunne, Pakistan emergency officer says the situation is really desperate for over thousands of families who have been forced from their homes. “This is a terrible situation for families and communities who only a year ago had their lives turned upside down by widespread violence in this area and now they are on the run again from flooding. The thing is that the monsoon season hasn’t even started yet so people here are very vulnerable and need immediate help.”

To donate: https://www.trocaire.org/make-a-donation

http://www.trocaire.org/resources/news/2010/08/01/responding-floods-pakistan

Islamic Relief USA: Donate here: http://www.islamicreliefusa.org/Page.aspx?pid=463

UNHCR: Donate here: http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistan/global_landing.html

You can also mail your donations to UNHCR:

UNHCR

Private Sector Fundraising

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Switzerland

UNHCR Canada: https://www.strategicprofitsinc.com/hosted/unhcr/index_s.php

UNICEF USA– Donate Here (URL: Click here)

United Nation’s World Food Programme: Donations are tax deductible for number of countries.

Donate here: https://secure.my-websites.org/supporter/donatenow.do?n=gbss&dfdbid=1044253

Plan International ( Pakistan specific): https://secure.my-websites.org/supporter/donatenow.do?n=gbss&dfdbid=1044253

IRC (The International Rescue Committee): donate here:http://www.theirc.org/news/irc-team-responds-devastating-floods-pakistan

Islamic Help (England): You can make a cheque/postal order made payable to ‘Islamic Help’ and send it to:

Islamic Help 19 Ombersley Road Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 8UR

Please do not send cash in the post and please do not forget to write your name and address on a piece of paper.

Bank: You can put money directly in their bank account

Name: Islamic Help

Bank: HSBC

Account No: 41687425

Sort Code: 40-42-12

If you are in a country other than the UK, you can go into any bank in the world and quote the following International Bank Account:

Number (IBAN) and Branch Identifier Code (BIC)

IBAN: GB 72 MIDL 404212 41687425

BIC: MIDL GB 2155 G

Muslim Aid (England): Send a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Muslim Aid’, together with a note of your name and address to:

Muslim Aid, P O Box 3, London, E1 1WP

Donate directly to their bank account:

Name of the Muslim Aid Bank: LLOYDS TSB

Address of the Muslim Aid Bank:

LLOYDSTSB BANK PLC

HIGHBURY CORNER

31 HOLLOWAY CORNER

LONDON N7 8JU

SWIFT/BIC/CODE (OUTSIDE UK): LOYDGB 21180

To donate in pound sterling £

Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DONATION AC

Sort code: 30-94-21

Account number: 01436818

Iban (outside UK): GB25 LOYD 3094 2101 436818

To donate in euros

Name of the account: MUSLIM AID- EURO AC

Sort code: 30-94-21

Account number: 86151365

Iban (outside UK): GB42 LOYD 3094 2186 151365

To donate in dollars $

Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DOLLAR AC

Sort code: 30-94-21

Account number: 12044226

Iban (outside UK): GB75 LOYD 3094 2112 044226

Muslims Hands: NGO in England. Donate Here:http://www.muslimhands.org/en/gb/appeals/pakistan_flood_crisis/

SAVE THE CHILDRED: (URL: Click here)

Please they are waiting for your help

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Please continue praying for Pakistan and these people who have already seen too much of war in their area and now have had to face such destructive flooding, which has displaced and shattered them for life. Let us introspect and become better human beings. May Allah help us All. Amen. “(OMER JAMIL) Haqeeqat.org

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  1. OmEr Jamil

    August 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

    this article, as it is and in full with my personally formatted content has been copied from my blog/website i.e. http://www.haqeeqat.org/
    Its good to pass on a public service message, BUT since original credits and references have been entirely removed, it is an unethical job for Jago news to publish it this way. I request them to kindly remain civil and in-line with ethics.
    Below is the URL to original article which was originally posted on my blog 5 days ago.
    http://www.haqeeqat.org/2010/08/04/do-your-part-help-flood-victims-how-here-is-how/

    • admin

      August 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      Omer bhai i am sorry for not stating the ultimate credit to Haqeeqat.org, which now you could see. And , i copied because that was a public service message , i thought my links and my network would going to promote this more , for this i took this message from you.

      I am sorry if you felt that this is your personal interest and not interested to promote best written message as it is than i would remove this message written by you. I am just amazed that everything is written for guidelines to help victims and addresses and details of welfare organization. And at the end , you yourself quoted to spread this message.And , now ethical things coming. When there is an urgency we must think in collective interest , rather to think in personal interest.

  2. Join Admin

    August 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

    @Omer I agree it is very unethical and in fact illegal as well to publish content from other websites without their permission and consent. This proves that this website is not worth it and they are just copy pasting content from other portals. However I want to take your permission to post these contacts on our website for the sake of spreading the word.

    We will also publish link to your website as credits for the content information.

    • admin

      August 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      I just want to say you this , Please understand for which you are publishing the message. Your are not concerned about that some good message is being published , People like you should stand with some Political party who always think about their personal interest.

      You are even not caring about situation , everyone has its chain , links and it creates networks to spread needy message from different mediums. But here you are interested in personal interest.

      SOrry to say.!

      • OmEr Jamil

        August 11, 2010 at 2:59 am

        Bro, I highly appreciate your prompt reply and the quick resolution from your side. Actually, you’re not understanding my point! I’m not the author of that piece, Sam Mirza is! And the content rights belong to ’em, not me or to Haqeeqat.Org. There are dozens of authors at Haqeeqat.Org who publish their write-ups with us, both directly and indirectly. And we at back-end, have to respect their rights of having the very credits they so possess!!!

        I asked you to mention the credits. Had it been written by me, I would let it go without even a single word.

        Secondly, like I said on Facebook, I appreciated that the public service message was being shared, I still am happy and thankful to you for sharing it. Kindly consider my humble request no offense as I, in no way wished to make it one!

        I hope you’d now understand the clearer situation.

    • admin

      August 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

      2nd You are talking about copy paste , http://www.haqeeqat.org/2010/08/04/intelligence-experts-warn-obama-israel-may-bomb-iran-this-month/ have you seen this article , should i need to tell you or not that from where you have copied this material?

      • OmEr Jamil

        August 11, 2010 at 3:09 am

        No you don’t really need to, because if you would, you’d again be much mistaken as your tone sounds to be offensive to me now.

        Let me tell you where I got thing article from: Direct from the author and by mentioning their credits as they are 🙂 And I’m sure you didn’t read Haqeeqat.Org’s bottom-lined copyright policy either! That, my brother, is the way when you share stuff over internet. That is actually why people on facebook use “via @…” etc pointing and directing terms which now facebook itself has adopted in its code. Anyway, if and when you are civil, just remain ethical, honor, appreciate and give the content writer/owner/provider their due acknowledgment.

        You and I are comrades in a way, as we host something kind of similar. There are things I could learn from your work and there could be things you could learn from my work. We should refrain from being offensive to each other for the world is round. We should rather stand as one for one purpose and one mission and take it further to masses in a literate manner.

        Bests regards and wishes 🙂

    • OmEr Jamil

      August 11, 2010 at 3:13 am

      @Join Admin: You’re more than welcome to share images, videos, text, link to videos, images, text, pdf etc in any way you’d like to. That would be a pleasure, Comrade!

      Secondly, Waqas log are doing a great job, I highly appreciate them and their work. Sometimes things slip off from mind and its not a big deal at all. We shouldn’t become instantly judgmental and reject a thing/an individual/an organization for just one mistake. We should rather weigh the issue and suggest to its positive resolution which I believe, now we have.

      It’s all cool. Lets be mutually good to motherland.

      Good day 🙂

  3. Frances Senegal

    August 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    good!it’s very useful!thx!

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    August 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    interesting post, pretty much covered it all for me, thanks.

  5. Saima Tariq Khan

    August 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Just wanted to add to your list of voluntary organisations – this one is working in one of the areas that has been worst affected: South Punjab.

    Please do have a look at the FB Group which contains updates – we try on a daily basis although this is not always possible:

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146854898666492#!/group.php?gid=132776670098467

    This is a voluntary group of doctors from Nishtar Hospital working towards medical aid and rehabilitation in and around Multan.

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  11. Ahmad Hassan

    September 8, 2010 at 2:55 am

    My Name is Ahmad Hassan, I belongs to Basti Tanwari, A Village 7 KM away from Kot Mithan Disrtict RajanPur.
    I am working in D.G. Khan Cement Co. Ltd.

    My village does not exist anymore, flood ruined all the homes and crops of the village ( Basti Tanwari ). Not a single home is remained in my village.
    The Dam is 2 KM away from my village (Basti Tanwari), when it broken , there was not too much time to collect house hold item and animals. Due to lake of awareness, the people of my village were not expecting such huge and disastrous flood, so they are not agree to shift on safe places with their household items and animals. when suddenly, the dam broken, flood water covered my village within one hour and the all people of my village run up to save their lives, leaving all the precious household items and animals. So they have lost each and every thing , they have , I myself have lost my all household items and animals.
    So Painful Disaster Dear all, As :

    => 90 Percent people have lost their all savings , house hold items , foods stock ( i.e wheat etc ) and each and every thing.

    => 30 percent people have lost their animals.

    => 95 Percent people have lost their homes as all these homes were built by mud.

    => 100 Percent people have lost their crops.

    The residents of my village are living on roads, and in flood relief camps etc.There is dire need of foods items and homes.

    I am the only educated person of my village working in Multan.
    I have spent all my saving on my family and my relatives but alone, I cannot support, all my relatives and my villagers, So I have contacted many of my friends and local donors , they are also supporting us in form of cash, food items . medicine etc .I have decided to start fund raising for the poor people of my village. If you want to visit my village, i will provide you information & infrastructure if you want to help these people directly or want to open relief camp etc , as there are my four brothers and cousins in village , that are guiding and helping in distribution of donated food items in Basti Tanwari. You can make Cash donation to support the poor people of my village, Please help us, Save us, Save the poor people of my village !: My online transfer account details are here under:

    Rupee Account:

    Ahmed Hassan S/o Haji Muhammad Azam

    Account No. 1569-2

    Branch Code: 0859

    Online transfer code: 085901010015692

    MCB, Nawan Shehr Branch Multan

    Pakistan
    .

    Thank you for taking the time to read I hope you consider making donation. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me via email at ahassan.mul@dgcement.com or call me on numbers listed below.

    You can visit my blog at :
    http://tanwarikotmithan.blogspot.com/

    yours sincerely

    Ahmad Hassan
    Deputy Manager (Sales & Marketing)
    D.G. Khan Cement Company Limited
    Regional Sales Office,
    Nusrat Road, Hassan Arcade,
    MULTAN-PAKISTAN
    Tel: +92-64-111-11-33-33 (Ext: 2204)
    : +92-61-4585177
    : +92-61-4782199
    Cell: +92-300-7332287
    Fax: +92-61-4540712

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Hazrat Ali, also known as Imam Ali, was a prominent figure in Islamic history, known for his wisdom, intellectual prowess, and contributions to various fields. His intellectualism is often revered and celebrated among Muslims and scholars alike. Here are some aspects of Hazrat Ali’s intellectualism:

  1. Knowledge and Education: Hazrat Ali was raised in the household of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), where he had the opportunity to acquire knowledge directly from the Prophet. He was known for his exceptional memory and deep understanding of the Quran and Hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet). His commitment to learning is evident in various narrations where he emphasizes the importance of acquiring knowledge.
  2. Philosophical Wisdom: Hazrat Ali is renowned for his profound philosophical insights. His sermons and letters contain valuable teachings on ethics, morality, justice, and the nature of human existence. His intellectual contributions to Islamic philosophy have had a lasting impact, and his sayings are often quoted for guidance on leading a righteous life.
  3. Legal and Judicial Acumen: Hazrat Ali served as the fourth Caliph of Islam and played a crucial role in the development of Islamic jurisprudence. His judgments and legal decisions are considered exemplary, reflecting a deep understanding of Islamic law (Sharia). His collection of legal pronouncements, known as the Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence), is considered a masterpiece of Arabic literature and a source of guidance for Muslims.
  4. Political Wisdom: As a leader, Hazrat Ali faced complex political challenges. His governance was marked by a commitment to justice, equality, and the welfare of the people. His letters and speeches provide insights into the principles of just governance and the responsibilities of a leader towards the well-being of the community.
  5. Spiritual and Mystical Insights: Hazrat Ali was not only a political and intellectual figure but also a deeply spiritual one. His mystical insights and devotion to God are evident in his prayers and supplications. His teachings on self-discipline, piety, and the pursuit of spiritual knowledge continue to inspire Muslims seeking a deeper understanding of their faith.

In summary, Hazrat Ali’s intellectualism is multifaceted, encompassing religious knowledge, philosophy, law, politics, and spirituality. His contributions have left a lasting legacy, and his teachings continue to be a source of inspiration for those seeking intellectual and moral guidance within the Islamic tradition.

Hazrat Ali, known for his wisdom and eloquence, has left behind a treasure trove of insightful quotes that cover various aspects of life, spirituality, justice, and morality. Here are some authentic quotes attributed to Hazrat Ali:

  1. “Silence is the best reply to a fool.”
  2. “Your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it.”
  3. “Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.”
  4. “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”
  5. “A fool’s mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man’s tongue is under the control of his mind.”
  6. “Knowledge enlivens the soul.”
  7. “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”
  8. “The disease of the heart is worse than the disease of the body.”
  9. “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”
  10. “People are slaves to this world, and as long as they live favorable circumstances, they are loyal to religious principles.”
  11. “Your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it.”
  12. “The tongue is like a lion. If you let it loose, it will wound someone.”
  13. “Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die, they weep over you, and if you are alive, they crave for your company.”
  14. “He who does not have forbearance, has nothing.”
  15. “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”

These quotes reflect Hazrat Ali’s deep insights into human nature, morality, and the principles of righteous living. His words continue to resonate with people seeking guidance and wisdom.

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Japan, on Friday 11th March, 2011 has experienced the worst ever earthquake disaster in its modern history. It was followed by a deadly tsunami leading to massive destruction in the northern part of the country. The earthquake was caused by a 9.0-magnitudeundersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan . The epicenter was approximately 72 km east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku, with the hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 32 km. On 1 April 2011, the Japanese government officially named this disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami as the “Great Eastern Japan Earthquake” with the duration of almost 6 minutes. It’s the fifth biggest earthquake ever recorded. It’s certainly the biggest to hit Japan for at least 140 years. The earthquake moved largest island of Japan, Honshu to 2.4 m (7.9 ft) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by almost 10 cm (3.9 in).

The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 37.9 metres that struck Japan minutes after the quake. .Tsunami warnings were issued and evacuations ordered along Japan’s Pacific coast and at least 20 other countries, including the entire Pacific coast of the Americas soon after it hit Japan. The earthquake and tsunami caused extensive and severe life and structural damage in Japan, approximately 12,175 deaths, 2,858 injured and 15, 48 missing people have been confirmed. Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least three nuclear reactors suffered explosions after cooling system failure which resulted in build up of hydrogen gas within their outer containment buildings. Almost eleven nuclear reactors at The Fukushima I, Fukushima II, Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant and were automatically shut down following the earthquake.

At Fukushima I and II tsunami waves overtopped seawalls and destroyed diesel backup power systems, leading to two large explosions and radioactive leakage at Fukushima I. Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reported that radiation levels inside the plant were up to 1,000 times normal levels and that radiation levels outside the plant were up to 8 times normal levels. A state of emergency was declared at the Fukushima II nuclear power plant. Soil has been badly contaminated and radioactive cesium and iodine have also been detected in some places near Fukushima. Food products have also been contaminated by the radioactive matter in several places near the plants. The Fujinuma irrigation dam in Sukagawa ruptured, causing flooding and washing away of homes. The north-eastern ports of Hachinohe, Sendai, Ishinomaki and Onahama were destroyed, while Chiba port (which serves the hydrocarbon industry) and Japan’s ninth-largest container port at Kashima have been slightly affected. Japan’s transport and communication networks have suffered severe disruptions. Cosmo Oil Company JX Nippon Oil & Energy, were also set ablaze by the quake. The earthquake has changed the entire picture of Japan into a wrecked, naturally disastrous and a causality afflicted country.

The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami included both a humanitarian crisis and a major social and economic impact. The tsunami resulted in over 300,000 refugees in the Tōhoku region, and shortages of food, water, shelter, medicine and fuel for survivors. In response the Japanese government mobilized the Self-Defence Forces; it has specifically requested teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States for search and rescue operations. China has offered roughly $150,000 in aid to Japan for recovery and also sent its rescue team which is a positive step in improvement of relations between the two countries. According to Japan’s foreign ministry, 116 countries and 28 international organizations had offered assistance in the form of rescue teams, aid shipments and financial help to Japan.

The Japanese Prime Minister had immediately set up an emergency task force to respond to the disaster. Rescue and Relief operations were started. Post-disaster measures and disaster management teams were introduced. Aid organizations both in Japan and worldwide have responded, with the Japanese Red Cross reporting $490 million in donations. Russia had also send a special radiation treatment vessel to help dispose of contaminated water from a Japanese nuclear power plant crippled by this massive earthquake and tsunami on Japanese demand. The US troops almost 40,000 military personnel had been stationed across the country who played key role in the post tsunami clean up.

The drastic economic impact included both immediate problems, with industrial production suspended in many factories, and the longer term issue of the cost of rebuilding which had been estimated at ¥10 trillion ($122 billion). Early estimates placed insured losses from the earthquake alone at US$14.5 to $34.6 billion. Japan’s government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast could reach $309 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record. The Bank of Japan offered ¥15 trillion (US$183 billion) to the banking system in an effort to normalize market conditions and to uplift the economic losses.

Even after almost a month now the economic and social situation is worst there. The country is still under slow process of recovery to get out of this natural calamity. Japan’s traditional pride in self-reliance doesn’t adapt easily to accepting foreign aid and help. It needs shrewd strategy to deal with the constructive use of foreign aid and physical assistance in order to speed up its recovery measures. To bring Japan back to its prior condition, this time and patience taking huge catastrophe, requires a gradual rehabilitation and reconstruction process. Although full recovery or pre-2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami situation is not possible still hopes are high seeing Japan to be back to its normal routine life once again and to carry on with its status of being an “Asian Tiger”, the third largest economy and being among the most developed nations of the world even in the post-2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami scenario.

AYMEN IJAZ
ISLAMABAD

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The Real Outcome of the Recent Pak-US Official Visits

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US vice President, Joseph Biden recent visit to Pakistan was a matter of great concern for the entire nation, media and our US-led government, which is strongly believed to be acting like a puppet in US hands after its failure to resolve the issue of military insurgency and continuous drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan. It was a shrewd and tactful move on the part of the USA as the trust deficit between Pak-US relations continues to increase after the Indo-US nuclear deal, Obama’s visit to India and his endorsing India to become a permanent member of Security Council. Infact all these policies point directly towards its deep-rooted strategic interests and inclination towards India. The simple logic or reason behind all this is America’s fear of China and security threat from Pakistan. In the upcoming years it is not likely to be Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s Pakistan who can possibly become a safe haven for the terrorists and its previous Pro Taliban policy still haunts the Americans. USA alleges Pakistan’s ISI being supportive to these extremist elements and considers its nuclear arsenals being unsafe. Out of this fear, Biden has announced in his few days back visit to Afghanistan that USA forces would continue to stay and expected gradual withdrawal, starting this summer of US troops, can be postponed if Afghanistan wants, in order to prevent civil war and to fully eliminate the terrorists from its land.

America’s security depends greatly on Pakistan so it is bound to establish good ties with Pakistan and this surprise visit was another goodwill gesture out of courtesy and more likely out of its own self interest. In his visit, Joe Biden tried to clarify the misconceptions that prevail in Pakistan about US intentions and actions. He appreciated Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and reiterated US support to democracy in Pakistan and its stability. Biden assured that the new US administration would support Pakistan’s efforts to counter terrorism, religious radicalism and to meet its developmental needs and capacity building. He also expressed his condolence over assassination of Governor Salman Taseer. He assured Pakistan that no US boot will tread on Pakistani soil and there will be no violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”

Our President Asif Ali Zardari recently also visited USA to attend the memorial services of Pak-Afghan envoy Richard Holbrook. There was no ceremonial welcome, no state banquet, and no joint presser, not even an opening statement on his arrival. No one is really quite sure what Zardari had hoped to accomplish, by meeting the US President and the state secretary Hillary Clinton as the two countries are battling an enormous trust deficit despite public protestations of cooperation in combating terrorism. The two leaders renewed pledges of cooperation over the aspects of the US-Pakistan strategic partnership, including mutual commitment to economic reform, support for good governance, democracy and joint efforts against terrorism. The discussion focused on shared efforts to fight terrorism, resolve the issue of blasphemy law and to promote regional stability, specifically on the importance of cooperating towards a peaceful and stable outcome in Afghanistan. However, Washington is not ready to pay any heed over the Kashmir issue and the real outcome of these two visits seems quite bleak for Pakistan, giving us neither new hopes for betterment nor any positive prospects for the future.

The years of US policies toward Pakistan based on financial allurements and conventional weaponry have done little to induce any change. Despite all these assurances, Pakistani nation is now skeptical of US motives having bad experiences in the past like drone strikes on Pakistani border areas, failure of Kerry Lugar bill and inadequate US material and financial aid for the war on terror and in crucial times of floods. These two visits are another deceptive picture by USA to allure Pakistan towards itself, after foreseeing Pakistan’s growing diplomatic and economic cooperation with China in December. No matter how much USA assures Pakistan of its staunch support, the atmosphere of misperceptions and doubts continue to hail around the country and America can never win the hearts and minds of Pakistani people through its fake assurances, callous policies and political/ military tactics as the two sides have a long way to go to overcome their significant differences. As it is well said that assurance cannot be bought but achieved only through mutual trust, cooperation and it requires time and experience.

AYMEN IJAZ
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