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1. Dihantar pada 08hb Oktober 2005, 11:16:10 mlm [Edit]
Kesyahidan bagi Mukmin,
kematian bagi Musyrikin,
dalam gempabumi yang menggegarkan.
Semuga Allah SWT menempatkan mereka yang Dia redhai ketempat yang memang layak bagi mereka atas keRahimanNya.
Bagi kita yang masih bernyawa, semuga ianya mengandungi berbagai pelajaran dan pengajaran YANG PENUH HIKMAH LAGI MEMBAWA KEINSAFAN DIBULAN RAMADAN PENUH KEMULIAAN INI.
JADIKANLAH KITA SEBAGAI HAMBA YANG SEGERA BERTAUBAT.
Hundreds Dead in Pakistan-India Earthquake
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 13 minutes ago
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake near the Pakistan-India border Saturday reduced villages to rubble, triggered landslides and flattened an apartment building, killing hundreds of people in both nations. Pakistan's army called the devastation "a national tragedy."
In the capitals of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, buildings shook and walls swayed for about a minute, and panicked people ran from their homes and offices. Tremors continued for hours afterward. Communications throughout the region were cut.
Pakistan's Geo television quoted chief army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan as saying 1,000 people were feared dead. Army officials who flew over quake-hit areas reported seeing hundreds of flattened homes in villages north of the capital, Islamabad.
"The damage and casualties could be massive and it is a national tragedy," Sultan told The Associated Press. "This is the worst earthquake in recent times."
The U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site the quake hit at 8:50 a.m. local time and had a magnitude of 7.6. It was centered about 60 miles northeast of Islamabad in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir.
Damage was extensive in Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan. Officials in the Indian-controlled portion reported at least 190 people killed, including 20 soldiers who perished in a landslide. At least 800 people were injured and about 2,700 homes were destroyed or damaged across Jammu-Kashmir, said senior state official B.B. Vyas.
Army soldiers and local volunteers were rescuing people from under the debris of collapsed houses. Telephone lines were down. Bridges had developed cracks, but traffic was passing over them.
The USGS reported at least five aftershocks in Pakistan, with the strongest measuring magnitude 6.3 and located about 70 miles north of Islamabad.
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the military to extend "all-out help" to quake-hit areas and appealed to the nation to stay calm. Helicopters took troops to damaged areas, but landslides were hindering rescue efforts.
Musharraf, walking through the rubble in Islamabad, said the air force was deploying C-130 transport planes and 10 helicopters to devastated areas.
At least 500 people were killed and 1,700 injured in four districts in northwestern Pakistan, said provincial police chief Rifat Pasha. He said the toll could rise because rescue teams were still working in areas hit hard by the temblor.
In eastern Afghanistan, an 11-year-old girl was crushed to death when a wall in her home collapsed, said police official Gafar Khan.
U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but he had no reports of damage at bases around the country.
The quake brought down a 10-story apartment building in Islamabad and dozens of people were feared trapped in the rubble. Rescuers pulled out at least 20 injured people. Some residents were Westerners, a building employee said.
A man named Rehmatullah who lived nearby said he saw dust from the buckled building from his bathroom window.
"I rushed down, and for some time you could not see anything because of the dust. Then we began to look for people in the rubble," he said. "We pulled out one man by cutting off his legs."
"It was like hell," said Nauman Ali, who lived in a nearby top-floor apartment. "It was terrible. I was tossed up in my bed and the ceiling fan struck against the roof."
Aided by two large cranes, hundreds of police and soldiers helped remove chunks of concrete, one of which was splattered with blood. One rescue worker said he heard faint cries from people trapped in the rubble.
In Abbotabad, north of Islamabad, dozens of quake victims and other patients, some hooked up to intravenous drips, lay on the lawn of the city hospital after officials said aftershocks made it unsafe to stay inside. Hospital staff used loudspeakers to ask the public for food and other relief supplies.
One of the injured was 8-year-old Qadeer, whose father, a farmer named Jehangir, said the only buildings left standing in their village were a mosque and a school. Qadeer lay unconscious, his right leg heavily bandaged.
Sultan said the worst-hit areas were in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, including Muzaffarabad, the regional capital, and the towns of Bagh and Rawalakot. The districts of Batagram, Balakot, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Patan in northwestern Pakistan also suffered serious damage, he said.
Dozens of homes, schools, mosques and government offices were damaged, and hundreds of injured people were taken to hospitals.
In India's portion of Kashmir, two main highways were closed because of landslides triggered by the quake, and relief material was being flown to some areas, said Vijay Bakaya, Jammu-Kashmir state's chief secretary.
At least 400 tents were flown by helicopter to Uri and Tangdar to provide temporary shelter in the freezing Himalayan foothills, officials said. Teams of doctors and Red Cross volunteers were traveling by road and on foot to remote mountainous areas, Bakaya said.
All hospitals in the state have been put on alert and medical staff recalled, he said.
Power has been restored to hospitals, but telephone, water and electricity supplies were still disrupted across much of the state.
"Our first priority is to help affected families, deliver relief and assess the loss so that further help can be provided," said Bakaya.
The temblor also was felt near India's capital.
"It was so strong that I saw buildings swaying. It was terrifying," said Hari Singh, a guard in an apartment complex in a suburb of New Delhi. Hundreds of residents raced down from their apartments after their furniture started shaking.
The quake also jolted parts of Bangladesh, but no casualties or damage were reported there.
Mereka dikalangan Mukmin yang terkorban ADALAH SYAHID KECIL,
kerana malapetaka atas 'KETENTUAN ALLAH SWT',
pastilah mereka mendapat tempat yang mulia disisiNYA. InsyaAllah.
2. Dihantar pada 08hb Oktober 2005, 11:38:28 mlm [Edit]
Quake shakes subcontinent; thousands feared killed
By Simon Cameron-Moore
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands were feared dead across the Himalayan region straddling Pakistan and India on Saturday after a major earthquake tore up villages, triggered landslides and felled two apartment blocks in Islamabad.
"The deaths could be running in the thousands. We do not have an exact figure for casualties at this moment, but it's massive," Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's spokesman, Major-General Shaukat Sultan, said after an aerial survey of stricken areas.
The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.6, struck at 0350 GMT and was centred in forest-clad mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, near the Indian border, about 95 km northeast of Islamabad.
The first quake was followed over the next nine hours by 11 hefty aftershocks with magnitudes of 5.4 to 6.3, which shook buildings in the Afghan, Indian and Bangladeshi capitals, Kabul, New Delhi and Dhaka and were felt across the region.
The U.S. Geological Survey described the quake as "major", saying it took place at a depth of 10 km, and that the strongest aftershock was at a depth of 20.3 km.
Pledges of international support arrrived within hours, but details of the damage were difficult to obtain because telephone lines were down, mobile networks overwhelmed and relief efforts hampered by landslides and heavy rain.
"Because the damages have been mostly in far-flung areas, it is difficult for the rescue teams to reach those areas," Sultan said. "In some areas the army was ... deployed and they immediately started the rescue works, in the other areas the rescue teams are being flown in by helicopters."
A senior police officer said at least 500 people were killed and over 1,700 injured in one district of Pakistan's North West Frontier, where several villages were believed to have been reduced to rubble.
But the aid agency Oxfam said it was becoming clear that the worst-hit area was Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, where 5 out of 7 districts in an area long disputed by Islamabad and New Delhi were severely affected.
"Winter is drawing in ... and night-time temperatures are already dropping: winterised tents and blankets will be urgently needed," said Oxfam Humanitarian Response Coordinator Raphael Sindaye after a meeting of aid agencies in Islamabad.
MUTILATED BODIES, PEOPLE CRUSHED
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said damage was also heavy in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.
On the Indian side of Kashmir, police said the earthquake had killed 213 people and injured hundreds more.
Half the deaths were in Uri, the last big town on a key highway connecting the two sides of the violence-scarred region. The dead included 15 soldiers, some of them in bunkers close to the military ceasefire line between India and Pakistan.
The landslides also blocked a 300-km highway that connects Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, to the rest of India to the south.
The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road linking Indian and Pakistani Kashmir -- reopened earlier this year to traffic for the first time in nearly 60 years -- was also blocked.
In Islamabad, scores of people were feared killed or trapped in two 12-storey apartment blocks that were reduced to rubble.
"I've seen mutilated bodies, I've seen people alive but crushed," said a Pakistani army officer, taking a break from the rescue, who gave his name as Captain Asam.
Pakistani President Musharraf went to the scene in the Pakistani capital. "It is a test for all of us," he said. "It is a test for me, of the Prime Minister, of the government and of the entire nation and I am sure we will succeed," he said.
Residents struggled to shift heavy concrete with bare hands.
"The quake jolted me awake and I saw people running down the staircase," said Sabahat Ahmed, a resident of one of the blocks. "By the time the second tremor hit, the building had already started to collapse.
"As the building was collapsing people were still coming out from it. I heard and saw various people in a state of panic and many stuck under the collapsed building."
Witnesses and Reuters correspondents could hear people screaming in their houses in Islamabad during the initial quake, which lasted for about a minute. Car and house alarms were set off by the shaking.
Minutes later, sirens could be heard as emergency vehicles began racing through the city of close to a million people.
A girl was killed in eastern Afghanistan when a wall collapsed, but authorities said the country appeared to have escaped the worst of the quake.
(Additional reporting by Robert Birsel in Islamabad, Kamil Zaheer in Baramulla, Y.P. Rajesh in New Delhi and David Brunnstrom in Kabul)
3. Dihantar pada 09hb Oktober 2005, 2:32:02 ptg [Edit]
tahun-tahun gempabumi sudah datang...kebenaran macammana lagikah yang kita dustakan..
4. Dihantar pada 09hb Oktober 2005, 11:42:43 mlm [Edit]
Jika mahu diambil pengajaran dari kejadian GEMPA DIBENUA HIND ini,
beberapa taahun dahulu...
ribuan nyawa Mukmin syahid dan hartabenda telah musnah tekorban,
oleh kezaliman manusia pada serangan pengganas di Afghanistan, Iraq dan Palastine,
ribuan nyawa Mukmin syahid dan hartabenda musnah melalui Gempa Bumi, Tsnami, Rita, katrina dsb oleh TANGAN ALLAH SWT SENDIRI.
Apabila Allah SWT menetapkan keputusan,
melupuskan yang ada dan digantikan yang baharu...
ia TIDAK PERLU KEPADA MENUNGGU PERINTAH SESIAPA,
ATAU DIPERINTAH SESIAPA, sebagimana gempa bumi dsb.
ada pula yang pernah berlaku dikalangan manusia...
bekerjasama sokong menyokong dan tolong menolong...
menghancurkan Palastine, Afaghanistan, Iraq dan sebagainya...
( walaupun tidak dapat hancur sama sekali),
sedangkan pakatan sedemikian...
HARUS DALAM KEBATHILAN YANG MENJADI KEMURKAAN'NYA !!!
mereka masih mengaku sebagai bukan sekadar Islam bahkan 'pemimpin Islam'.
kematian BERMAKNA 'kesyahidan' yang MUKMIN TETAP DIREDHA ALLAH SWT. kerana kezaliman kedurjanaan Musyrikin dan sokongan Munafikin hanya mengundang bencana atas diri mereka sendiri.
MUKMIN YANG DIZALIMI TETAP DIKASIHI ALLAH SWT,
sama sebagaimana sebab GEMPA BUMI atas KUDRAT ALLAH SENDIRI.
SEs i a l AH KALANGAN MUSLIM YANG MUNAFIK bekerjasama DENGAN ORANG MUYSRIK, YAHUDI DAN NASARA ... sebelum dan akan datang,
tolong menolong menghancurkan Mukmin melalui serangan GANAS bersenjata,
sedang kesyahidan tetaplah 'syahid disisiNYA BAGI MUKMIN,
sama ada dengan sebab tangan manusia atau pun memang sengaja Allah SWT jemput mereka lebih awal dengan sendiri melalui bencana seperti gempa bumi dan sebagainya.
pemimpin atau negara Islam bersatu dengan Musyrikin telah bersekutu melancarkan serangan dan memsunahkan kampong halaman dan jiwa ramai Mukmin sebelum ini... adalah p[erbuatan sesia yang sangat dimurkai Allah SWT.
GEMPA BUMI KALI INI TELAH HAMPIR MENCECAH KORBAN LEBIH KURANG 30,000 mengikut berita terkini, adalah menunjukan ...
Allah, 'JIKA' mahu menghinakan satu kaum,
atau dimuliakan melalui SYAHID tekorban kerana bencana atau kezaliaman manusia, maka terjadilah mengikut kudratNya.
Renungkanlah: lahirnya fikiraan dan tindakan oleh Muyyysrikin ketika menghancurkan Palstine, Afghanistan, Iraq dsb, bukan sahaja oleh tangan mereka... BAHKAN AADA PEMIMPIN ISLAM YANG TUURT MENJADI PENYOKONG SEKUTU PENZALIM ITU, dengan berbuat zalim keatas manusia tidak berdosa, yang menzalimi dan yang bersekutu dengannya PASTI MENERIMA BALASANNYA.
PEMIMPIN PAKISTAN sebagai sekutu dikalangan pemimpin Islam utama wewaktu Afghanistan dihancurkan oleh kuffar,
hari ini merayu bantuan....
Allah SWT tetap mematikan kali ini dengan GEMPA BUMI, dan Mukmin yang tekorban ADALAH SYAHID yang bermaksud KEMULIAAn sebenarnya tidak memerlukan bantuan dan sokongan munafikin dan Musyrikin...
ALLAH MENGHENDAKI DEMIKIAN, SEBAGAI PENGAJARAN ...
betapa Allah sendiri dapat melakukan tanpa belanja dan ketenteraan yang banyak seperti manusia yang jahil lagi amat bodoh itu.
Mka, jika Allah mahu menghancurkan penazalim itu... tanpa lengah dapat BOLEH SAHAJA BERLAKU DALAM KEHINAAN atau DAHSYAT.
Gempa dan petaka harus berlaku dimana-mana menurut PERNTAH ALLAH SWT SEKEHENDAKNYA, sama ada untuk mejemput Mukmin kembali atau menghinakan kalangan YANG ENGKAR DAN MEMPERSENDAKAN'NYA.
* Mesej ini telah disunting oleh moshi pada 11hb Oktober 2005, 3:33:15 ptg
5. Dihantar pada 11hb Oktober 2005, 3:39:04 ptg [Edit]
MUKMIN LELAKI DAN WANITA, dewasa atau kanak-kanak yang tekorban dalam GEMPA BUMI, sama ada tertimbus hiuup-hidup ADALAH PASTI MENDAPAT KEMULIAAN SYAHID DAN SYAHIDAH DISISI ALLAH SWT.
Mereka tidak memerlukan TANGAN KEMUNAFIKAN yang bekerjasama dengan Musyrikin sewaktu menghancurkan Palastine, Afghanistan dan Iraq, sebaliknya mereka yang nampak bersungguh menunnjukan kepekaan, sedangkan tangan-tangan mereka ''' masih berlumuran dengan kotoran yang menghina''''.
GEGARAN GEMPA YANG memberikan peringatan kepada semua yang masih hidup AGAR MELIHAT KEPERKASAAN ALLAH SWT.
sama ada... masih mengaku beriman Islam, tapi masih angkuh dan sombong dalam memaksiati As Sunnah lagi mempersenda.
astaghafirullah al adzim.
Semua sekolah lenyap, beratus-ratus murid maut
BALAKOT: Cerita yang sama akan didengar dari satu kampung ke satu kampung di kawasan indah di barat laut Pakistan – gempa bumi memusnahkan sama sekali semua sekolah sekali gus meragut beratus-ratus nyawa pelajarnya.
Beratus-ratus murid maut apabila gempa berukuran 7.6 pada skala Richter melanda pada jam 8.50 pagi waktu tempatan kelmarin, sejurus selepas mereka selesai menyanyikan lagu kebangsaan dan masuk ke kelas untuk memulakan pembelajaran.
Beberapa sekolah menggunakan bahan binaan murah runtuh manakala yang lain ditenggelami tanah runtuh yang mengalir daripada gunung menuju ke lembah sungai di bawah.
Pegawai bimbang ramai lagi murid terperangkap di dalam sisa runtuhan.
“Tiada peluang menemui hidup-hidup 350 murid yang terperangkap di dalam runtuhan tiga sekolah di sini. Sebuah sekolah tinggi perempuan dan sebuah sekolah tinggi lelaki di bandar Gari Habibullah ranap sama sekali.
“Kami juga tahu sebuah lagi sekolah di Balakot ditelan bumi,” kata Yameen Khan, ketua polis Mansehra, antara daerah paling teruk terjejas.
Di setiap kampung di Balakot, bandar yang menjadi pintu masuk ke wilayah tumpuan pelancong, Lembah Kaghan, semua sekolah sama ada musnah sama sekali atau rosak teruk, kata wartawan AFP.
“Kami mempunyai tiga sekolah di sini, sebuah sekolah rendah, sekolah rendah dan sekolah perempuan. Semuanya sudah tiada.
“Daripada 190 kanak-kanak, kami cuma mampu menarik 40 hidup-hidup. Kanak-kanak lain terperangkap dan mungkin sudah meninggal dunia,” kata Mohammed Iqbal, seorang anggota tentera di kampung Patangi, kira-kira tujuh kilometer daripada Balakot.
Abdul Rashid, seorang pegawai kerajaan di kampung Shawal, sembilan kilometer daripada Balakot, berkata: “Ramai murid daripada kampung kami ke Balakot dan cuma seorang yang pulang.
Jalan utama ke Balakot dihalang tanah runtuh besar dan cuma kereta kecil boleh menyeberangi jambatan kecil merentasi sungai.
Penduduk kampung berkata, gempa bumi berlaku tepat pada masa kerana ketika itu murid sudah pun berada di dalam bangunan sekolah.
Datang dari Allah, kembali kepadaNya.
Kesdihan adalah diSunnahkan oleh Baginda SAW, khasnya dalam kejadian seperti ini, sebaliknya mereka yang Allah pilih dikalangan Mukmin telah pasti mendapat kerdhaanNya di akhirat melalui bencana yang DIA jadikan. Merekalah yang beruntung...
SEDANGKAN KITA ENTAH DIMANA KELAK PERGI DAN HUJUNGNYA,
sekiranya tidak dikalangan yang di ampuni segala dosa disebabkan telah banyak menzalimi diri dan juga terhadap sesama makhlukNya.WA.
* Mesej ini telah disunting oleh moshi pada 11hb Oktober 2005, 9:03:05 mlm
6. Dihantar pada 11hb Oktober 2005, 8:52:18 mlm [Edit]
Mangsa gempa di pergunungan Pakistan perlu bantuan makanan dan perlindungan segera
MUZAFFARABAD: Lebih 120,000 mangsa yang terselamat dalam gempa bumi Sabtu lalu, kini berhadapan dengan risiko mati kesejukan jika tidak segera menerima bantuan, terutama tempat perlindungan dan makanan.
Kira-kira 2.5 juta orang lagi kehilangan rumah selepas gempa bumi berukuran 7.6 pada skala Richter melanda utara Pakistan dan kawasan Himalaya di India Sabtu lalu, yang setakat ini mengorbankan antara 20,000 hingga 30,000 orang.
Pertubuhan Palang Merah Antarabangsa sedang berusaha menyediakan bantuan makanan dan perlindungan segera kepada lebih 120,000 mangsa yang terdedah kepada suhu hampir beku di kawasan pergunungan Pakistan selepas rumah mereka musnah.
“Mangsa memerlukan perlindungan, makanan, pakaian dan perubatan dengan segera,” kata jurucakap Palang Merah Australia, Dale Cleaver.
Bantuan dari seluruh dunia mula tiba semalam dengan doktor, helikopter, air dan khemah dihantar ke kawasan yang teruk dilanda gempa bumi, ketika mangsa naik berang kerana bantuan lambat tiba.
“Setiap saat adalah penting dalam gempa bumi sekuat ini,” kata Penyelaras Bantuan Kecemasan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB), Jan Egeland, ketika pasukan penyelamat masih bertungkus lumus mencari mereka yang mungkin masih hidup di bawah timbunan runtuhan bangunan di utara Pakistan.
Kebanyakan yang terkorban dalam gempa bumi terkuat di Asia Selatan dalam tempoh 100 tahun itu adalah rakyat Pakistan, manakala India mencatatkan 550 kematian dan satu di Afghanistan.
Ramai pemimpin dunia menjanjikan bantuan dengan beberapa negara mula menghantar pasukan penyelamat dan perubatan. PBB menubuhkan pasukan lapan anggota untuk menyelaras bantuan ke kawasan yang teruk dilanda gempa bumi itu.
Amerika Syarikat, Malaysia, Australia dan Bank Pembangunan Asia meningkatkan janji bantuan masing-masing selepas Presiden Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf merayu sumbangan khemah, selimut, helikopter pengangkutan dan perubatan.
“Kami mempunyai tenaga kerja yang cukup, tetapi apa yang diperlukan ialah bantuan kewangan,” kata Musharraf.
Selepas 48 jam mengalami bencana itu, ramai penduduk di utara Pakistan masih menantikan bantuan makanan dan pakaian. Keadaan yang terdesak memaksa mangsa memecah masuk rumah kedai untuk mendapatkan bekalan.
“Kami terselamat daripada gempa bumi tetapi kini terpaksa pula mati kelaparan dan kesejukan,” kata Mohammad Zaheer, seorang mangsa yang terselamat di Balakot, utara Pakistan.
Di Muzaffarabad, ibu negara Kashmir di Pakistan, penduduk yang terdesak menyerbu trak askar yang baru tiba membawa bantuan seperti makanan, khemah, selimut dan perubatan.
Stesen minyak turut diserbu berikutan penduduk perlu bahan api untuk membakar kayu untuk memasak dan memanaskan badan.
“Tiada makanan, mana dia bantuan yang dinantikan, ke mana harus kami pergi,” seorang penduduk memberitahu wartawan.
Penghantaran bantuan antarabangsa terjejas kerana kawasan bencana bergunung ganang yang susah dilalui. Kejadian tanah runtuh akibat gempa bumi yang menutup banyak jalan, menyukarkan lagi keadaan.
Kebanyakan pasukan penyelamat dibawa ke kawasan bencana dengan helikopter. – Agensi
7. Dihantar pada 12hb Oktober 2005, 9:30:59 mlm [Edit]
MUTKAHIR: Sehingga saat ini dijangkakan LEBIH 35,000 tekorban di Pakistan.
Weather clears, aid pours into Pakistan
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Four days after Zarabe Shah's home crumbled on her, rescuers on Wednesday pulled the dust-covered 5-year-old out of the rubble, a shot of good news as hopes faded of finding other earthquake survivors. "I want to drink," the girl whispered.
Zarabe's neighbors on Tuesday recovered the bodies of her father and two of her sisters. Her mother and another two sisters survived.
Helicopters flying in clear skies delivered aid to victims Wednesday, a day after rain and hail grounded efforts. Relief supplies poured into Pakistan from about 30 countries, including from longtime archrival India
Many bodies were still buried beneath leveled buildings, and the United Nations warned of the threat of measles, cholera and diarrhea outbreaks among the millions of survivors.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is on a regional tour, arrived in Islamabad and was expected to discuss quake relief with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
"The United States has, as many parts of the world have, been through natural disasters," she said. "This is one of epic proportions. I want the people of Pakistan to know that our thoughts are with you ... We will be with you not just today but tomorrow."
Rice, speaking after a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, predicted more U.S. earthquake aid for Pakistan beyond an initial $50 million but gave no specific figures or timeline.
The 7.6-magnitude quake on Saturday demolished whole communities, mostly in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. The U.N. estimated that some 4 million people have been affected, including 2 million who have lost their homes.
U.S., Pakistani, German and Afghan helicopters resumed aid flights suspended because of stormy weather. They brought food, medicines and other supplies to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan's portion of divided Kashmir, and then ferried out the injured to hospitals. Some 50,000 Pakistani troops joined the relief effort.
Still, residents in Muzaffarabad were desperate, mobbing trucks with food and water and grabbing whatever they could. The weak were pushed aside.
Jan Vandemoortele, U.N. Resident Coordinator for Pakistan, said key roads into the quake zone that were blocked earlier have been opened up. U.S. military spokesman Col. James Yonts said that with the resumption of flights, helicopters had been able to unplug any backlog of aid.
About 30 countries_ including the United States, France, Japan, Jordan, China, Russia, Iran, and Syria ?have sent relief equipment, doctors, paramedics, tents, blankets, medicines, disaster relief teams. Many have also pledged financial assistance.
"Relief material is moving in," Vandemoortele said in Islamabad. "It is getting there. Roads are open now. They were blocked until very recently. We have several trucks that are all loaded and on the road now."
A transport plane bringing tents, medicines and other relief goods from archrival India ?also affected by the quake, but less severely than Pakistan ?arrived at the air base, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam.
More than 1,400 people have died in India's part of Kashmir, and the offer and receipt of the aid by Pakistan reflects warming relations between the nuclear-armed rivals, which embarked on a peace process early last year.
The Pakistani government's official death toll was about 23,000 people and 47,000 injured, but a senior army official who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the figure publicly said an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people had died.
Rescue workers fanned out of Muzaffarabad by helicopter to remote regions of Kashmir. Among them were eight teams from the British International Rescue Corps, which has found 16 survivors since arriving in the quake zone nearly three days ago.
"As time goes on, hope will get less and less. But you always do get miracles," said Ray Gray, a stocky man in a blue uniform and helmet, as he prepared to board a chopper. "Even if we just find one person, the whole effort is worth it."
Vandemoortele said there have been no reports of epidemic outbreaks so far but the area's health infrastructure has completely collapsed, he said.
In one field clinic alone, 2,000 patients had been treated, most of them for broken arms or legs. It's too early for onset of disease, but officials are fully aware of the potential threat, he said.
The quake has damaged sanitation systems in the region, destroyed hospitals and left many victims with no access to clean drinking water, making them more vulnerable to disease.
"Measles could potentially become a serious problem," said Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokeswoman in Geneva. "We fear that if people huddle closely together in temporary shelters and crowded conditions, more measles cases could occur."
Measles ?potentially deadly for children ?are already endemic in the region and only 60% of the children are protected. At least 90% coverage is needed to prevent an epidemic, WHO said. The agency will soon start gathering essential vaccines for a mass immunization program.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said within the next couple of days there likely would be 25 to 30 U.S. military helicopters sent to Pakistan, from Afghanistan, Bahrain and other countries in the region.
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Dan Musa memilih tujuh puluh orang dari kaumnya untuk (memohonkan tobat kepada Kami) pada waktu yang telah Kami tentukan. Maka ketika mereka diguncang gempa bumi, Musa berkata: "Ya Tuhanku, kalau Engkau kehendaki, tentulah Engkau membinasakan mereka dan aku sebelum ini. Apakah Engkau membinasakan kami karena perbuatan orang-orang yang kurang akal di antara kami? Itu hanyalah cobaan dari Engkau, Engkau sesatkan dengan cobaan itu siapa yang Engkau kehendaki dan Engkau beri petunjuk kepada siapa yang Engkau kehendaki. Engkaulah Yang memimpin kami, maka ampunilah kami dan berilah kami rahmat dan Engkaulah Pemberi ampun yang sebaik-baiknya". ( 7 Al A'raaf 155 )
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Pakistan mahu bina pagar di sempadan
PERTUBUHAN BANGSA-BANGSA BERSATU (PBB) 13 Sept. - Presiden Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf mencadangkan pembinaan pagar keselamatan di negara itu bagi mencegah kemasukan puak militan dan pengedar dadah dari Afghanistan.
Beliau membuat cadangan itu kerana bosan dengan kritikan kononnya Pakistan tidak bersungguh-sungguh memerangi keganasan.
Pervez menyatakan kesediaannya untuk membina pagar tersebut dalam mesyuarat dengan Setiausaha Negara Amerika Syarikat (AS), Condoleezza Rice semalam.
Mesyuarat itu menyusuli pertemuan Presiden George W. Bush dengan Pervez hari ini.
``Kami tidak mahu sesiapa pun mendakwa Pakistan tidak bersungguh-sungguh menangani keganasan,'' kata Menteri Luar, Khurshid M. Kasuri yang menghadiri mesyuarat tersebut.
Beliau enggan menyatakan sama ada Rice menyuarakan sokongan terhadap cadangan itu yang melibatkan kawasan sempadan sepanjang 2,400 kilometer.
``Beliau (Rice) mendengar pandangan kami dan menghargai hasrat Pakistan untuk membantu menghentikan penyusupan dari kedua-dua belah sempadan dengan Afghanistan,'' kata Khurshid.
Jurucakap Jabatan Negara AS, Sean McCormack kemudian berkata: ``Kami berpendapat adalah penting Pakistan dan Afghanistan menimbangkan cadangan ini.''
Khurshid menjelaskan, pagar itu bertujuan untuk mencegah penyusupan dari kedua-dua belah sempadan tetapi peraturan akan diadakan bagi membolehkan penyeberangan secara terkawal.
Pada Jumaat lalu, Pervez memberitahu Associated Press (AP) bahawa kerajaannya mencadangkan pembinaan pagar kawat berduri di sepanjang sempadan bagi menyekat keluar masuk puak militan. - AP
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Tanda tanya salam persahabatan Pakistan - Israel
Oleh: NOOR AZAM SHAIRI
SUASANA di jalan-jalan utama di sekitar Islamabad dan beberapa bandar besar di serata Pakistan awal petang Jumaat lalu sama. Selesai solat Jumaat, para jemaah berhimpun di jalan raya dalam tunjuk perasaan anjuran Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), perikatan enam parti Islam yang mengetuai barisan pembangkang di Parlimen negara itu.
Mereka membawa sepanduk mengutuk Presiden Jeneral Pervez Musharraf dan dalam nafas yang sama melaungkan slogan anti-Israel.
Di kubu kuatnya di Peshawar, Presiden MMA, Qazi Hussain Ahmed melontarkan ucapan berapi-api menyeru rakyat bangun menggulingkan kerajaan pimpinan Musharraf.
``Ayuh, bangkitlah menentang Musharraf. Dia melindungi kepentingan Amerika Syarikat,'' katanya kepada para penunjuk perasaan itu, seperti dipetik oleh laporan media.
Tunjuk perasaan itu adalah reaksi langsung sebahagian rakyat Pakistan terhadap langkah Islamabad mengadakan rundingan dengan Tel Aviv di Turki, Khamis lalu.
Pertemuan antara Menteri Luar Pakistan, Khurshid Kasuri dengan rakan sejawatannya, Silvan Shalom itu adalah hubungan diplomatik pertama antara kedua-dua negara selepas hampir 60 tahun suasana tegang antara Israel dengan dunia Islam.
Ia bertolak daripada keputusan Israel berundur daripada pendudukan dan pencerobohannya ke atas Gaza, baru-baru ini.
Bagaimanapun Islamabad melihat pertemuan tersebut bukanlah satu tanda pengiktirafan ke atas negara Israel. Ia sebaliknya lebih merupakan langkah awal Pakistan bekerjasama dengan rejim pimpinan Perdana Menteri Ariel Sharon mencari perdamaian mutlak di dalam krisis Asia Barat.
``(Pengiktirafan) itu akan menyusul selepas perkembangan ke arah menyelesaikan masalah Palestin,'' kata Kasuri.
Musharraf sendiri mempertahankan pertemuan itu. Malah beliau terlebih dahulu mendapatkan nasihat daripada Arab Saudi dan Presiden Palestin, Mahmoud Abbas.
``Kita tidak akan berbincang mengenai pengiktirafan negara Isrel sehinggalah sebuah negara Palestin ditubuhkan, dan selepas itu barulah kita memikirkannya,'' tegas beliau.
Tindakan Islamabad ini menimbulkan beberapa tanda tanya tentang muslihat sebenar Musharraf dalam menghulurkan tangan bersahabat dengan Tel Aviv.
Usaha Musharraf mengadakan hubungan dengan Israel itu boleh saja dilihat sebagai langkah beliau memulihkan imej negara-negara Islam yang teruk tercalar sejak beberapa tahun kebelakangan. Apatah lagi Musharraf dikesani sejak beberapa tahun kebelakangan cenderung mahu menonjolkan kedudukannya sebagai pemimpin dari dunia Islam yang harus dihormati oleh dunia.
Dari sudut lain, pertemuan itu boleh juga dilihat sebagai satu lagi langkah Musharraf untuk terus mendekatkan Pakistan dengan Barat - keputusan yang diambilnya sejak peristiwa 11 September yang membawa kepada penglibatan negara itu dalam serangan Amerika Syarikat ke atas Afghanistan.
Tetapi dalam pada itu, tindakan Pakistan ini tidak dapat tidak tentunya akan dilihat sebagai satu langkah strategiknya mengimbangi hubungan antara Israel dengan India. Ini seterusnya membuka satu lapis baru dalam hubungan diplomatiknya dengan negara jiran itu yang tercalar akibat pertikaian sempadan.
Israel tahun lalu meluluskan urus niaga senjata berjumlah AS$1.1 bilion (RM3.7 bilion) kepada India termasuk sistem radar amaran awal serangan udara. Pemilikan senjata terbaru itu secara tidak langsung mewujudkan kedudukan strategik yang tidak seimbang dalam krisis India-Pakistan.
Apa yang berlaku di Istanbul, Turki Khamis lalu itu adalah satu daripada usaha Pakistan meredakan ketidakseimbangan yang merugikannya. Akhbar-akhbar di Pakistan merumuskan bahawa pertemuan tersebut sudah menjadi satu tamparan hebat kepada hubungan India dengan Israel.
Pada masa yang sama, imej Pakistan yang terjejas akibat isu senjata nuklear dan apa yang disifatkan sebagai sarang kelahiran pengganas semakin pulih di kaca mata Barat. Sistem politik Amerika yang berselirat dengan permainan pelobi Yahudi juga tentunya lebih memihak kepada Pakistan.
Ini menjadikan kenyataan Islamabad bahawa hubungan itu adalah untuk penyelesaian nasib Palestin sebagai satu alasan yang berat untuk diterima. Logiknya ada tetapi ia sukar dipercayai.
Pertemuan yang disifatkan sebagai bersejarah di Turki itu pun bukanlah sesuatu yang berlaku dalam masa yang singkat atau apa yang dikatakan oleh Islamabad sebagai reaksi Pakistan kepada pengunduran Gaza.
Kita hanya perlu menoleh ke belakang membaca peristiwa beberapa tahun lalu untuk memahami apa yang berlaku sekarang.
Dalam satu lawatannya ke Paris pada Julai 2003, Musharraf sudah bercakap tentang kemungkinan Pakistan menjalinkan hubungan dengan rejim ganas yang menindas umat Islam di Palestin itu.
Kenyataannya itu dibuat ketika Ariel Sharon dijadual melawat India beberapa bulan kemudian. Lawatan yang berlangsung pada September itu kemudiannya membuka lembaran baru hubungan antara India dengan Israel dan tentunya Amerika Syarikat. Awal tahun 2004, kedua-dua negara memeterai perjanjian jual beli senjata yang tentunya membimbangkan Pakistan.
Musharraf boleh berusaha mencanangkan kepada dunia bahawa hubungan yang mahu dijalin antara Pakistan dan Israel itu adalah untuk kebaikan dunia Islam dan rakyat Palestin khususnya.
Tetapi sama seperti reaksi di tanah airnya sendiri dunia Islam menyedari betapa liciknya rejim yang telah mengganas dan menindas selama enam dekad itu.
Malah pengunduran yang dilihat oleh Pakistan sebagai sesuatu yang positif itu pun sekarang ini sudah boleh dibaca helah muslihatnya.
Presiden Pergerakan Keadilan Sedunia, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar berkata, pengunduran itu adalah satu agenda tersembunyi Sharon untuk terus menduduki bumi Palestin secara haram.
``Pengunduran itu adalah satu permainan wayang (Sharon). Ia hanya untuk mengelabui mata masyarakat dunia.
``Sharon mahu menunjukkan kepada dunia bahawa dia seorang pemimpin yang berani dan berprinsip yang sanggup berhadapan dengan pelampau dalam masyarakatnya sendiri demi keamanan,'' katanya.
Apa yang disuarakan oleh Dr. Chandra itu adalah sesuatu yang mudah kita fahami kalau kita mengikuti laporan media antarabangsa - Fox News, CNN, ABC dan BBC - sepanjang pengunduran itu: Sentimental, penuh emosi dan cukup meruntun jiwa.
Tetapi liputan yang serupa tidak pernah diberikan oleh media yang sama setiap kali kekejaman dilakukan oleh Israel ke atas rakyat Palestin. Tidak ada seorang pun wartawan mereka yang simpati kepada keluarga Palestin yang hilang segala-galanya - harta dan masa depan.
``Adalah sesuatu yang amat memalukan sekiranya dunia terpedaya dengan pengunduran Gaza dan menafikan hak rakyat Palestin yang sah,'' tegas Chandra.
Tunjuk perasaan di jalan-jalan di serata Pakistan Jumaat bukanlah satu penentangan hanya semata-mata kerana mereka pembangkang kepada kerajaan Musharraf. Mereka barangkali lebih insaf dan arif terhadap apa yang sebenarnya sedang berlaku.
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Daftar madrasah Pakistan dibantah
ISLAMABAD 28 Ogos - Dalam cubaan terbaru Pakistan memerangi keganasan, Presiden Pervez Musharraf menghadapi tentangan puak radikal berhubung pendaftaran sekolah-sekolah agama negara itu.
Kerajaan Pakistan pada Rabu lalu mengarahkan kesemua 14,000 buah madrasah untuk mendaftar menjelang penghujung tahun ini atau ia akan ditutup, sebagai sebahagian daripada pendekatan tegas ekoran serangan bom di London 7 Julai lalu.
Bagaimanapun, parti-parti fundamental Islam Pakistan yang sering mengkritik kerajaan pimpinan Pervez dan perikatan parti pembangkang yang menyelia madrasah-madrasah, Wafaq-ul-Madaris, berikrar akan menolak pendekatan tersebut.
``Madrasah yang tidak mendaftar menjelang 31 Disember akan ditutup bermula 1 Januari,'' kata Menteri Hal Ehwal Keagamaan, Ijazul Haq.
Ketua parti pembangkang, Wafaq-ul-Madaris, Maulana Fazlur Rehman telah mengkritik pendekatan pendaftaran berkenaan.
``Madrasah-madrasah berkenaan tidak akan teragak-agak memberikan maklumat pelajar dan juga kakitangannya,'' kata jurucakap parti itu, Hanif Jalandhuri. - AFP
Pelajar agama mula tinggalkan Pakistan
LAHORE 11 Ogos - Pelajar-pelajar agama dari luar negara mula meninggalkan Pakistan di bawah kempen kerajaan menghantar pulang lebih 1,400 pelajar asing bagi membasmi fahaman pelampau di madrasah di seluruh negara ini.
Dua pelajar agama dari Nepal ialah antara kelompok pertama pelajar asing yang telah mula meninggalkan Pakistan.
Ahmad Ali, 20, dan Shabnum Shagufa, 19, yang belajar di Madrasah Jamia Naeemia di sini, memutuskan untuk pulang ke Nepal selepas pihak berkuasa mem-beri amaran pelajar asing di madrasah boleh ditangkap jika mereka tidak me-ninggalkan Pakistan selewat-lewatnya bulan depan.
``Saya sedih kerana tidak dapat mena-matkan pengajian,'' kata Ahmad sema-lam sebelum menyeberangi sempadan ke India dengan jalan darat.
Katanya, Presiden Pervez Musharraf telah menghukum pelajar asing dengan tidak sewajarnya.
``Kami mencintai keamanan. Kami menentang keganasan.
``Apa salah kami? Adakah kerajaan memfailkan sebarang tuduhan terhadap kami?'' katanya.
Ahmad belajar di madrasah tersebut selama empat tahun dan memerlukan empat tahun lagi untuk menamatkan pe-ngajian manakala Shabnum belajar se-jak tiga tahun lalu.
Pervez, sekutu rapat Amerika Syarikat (AS), menghadapi tekanan hebat untuk membasmi fahaman pelampau di beribu-ribu madrasah di seluruh Pakistan.
Tekanan itu meningkat lebih-lebih lagi selepas dilaporkan dua pengebom berani mati dalam siri serangan bom di London pada 7 Julai lalu telah melawat Pakistan dan mungkin pernah belajar di madrasah.
Kebanyakan madrasah di Pakistan dibiayai menerusi sumbangan persendirian atau oleh parti politik berhaluan agama.
Sebilangan kecilnya dipercayai menerima bantuan kewangan dari negara Islam seperti Arab Saudi, Iran dan Libya.
Tetapi pihak sekolah jarang mengaku menerima bantuan asing. - AP
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12. Dihantar pada 13hb Oktober 2005, 11:59:06 mlm [Edit]
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President General Pervez Musharraf's address to the nation
ISLAMABAD: Following is the English rendering of President General Pervez Musharraf's address to the nation on Saturday Jan 12, 2002:
I begin in the name of God the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful Pakistani Brothers and Sisters! As you would remember, eversince I assumed office, I launched a campaign to rid the society of extremism, violence and terrorism and strived to project Islam in its true perspective. In my first speech on October 17, 1999, I had said and I quote; "Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence. I have a great respect for the Ulema and expect them to come forward and present Islam in its true light. I urge them to curb elements which are exploiting religion for vested interests and bringing a bad name to our faith".
After this, I initiated a number of steps in this regard. First, in the year 2000, I started interacting with the Taliban and counselled them to inculcate tolerance and bring moderation in their ways. I also told them that those terrorists who were involved in terrorist acts in Pakistan and seeking refuge in Afghanistan should be returned to us. Unfortunately, we did not succeed.
In the year 2001, I think it was January, we sealed the Pak-Afghan borders and I gave directions that no students of any Madarissah (religious seminaries) should be allowed to cross into Afghanistan without relevant documents. After this, I despatched a number of delegations to meet Mulla Omar.I continued to advise them tolerance and balance. Later, on February 15, 2001, we promulgated the Anti-Weaponisation Ordinance. Through this law, we launched a de-weaponisation campaign in Pakistan.
On 8th of June, on the occasion of the Seerat Conference, I addressed Ulema belonging to all Schools of thought and spoke firmly to them against religious extremism. On the 14th of August 2001, we finally took a very important decision to ban Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Muhammad and placed Sipah-e-Sahaba and TJP (Tehrik-e-Jafria Pakistan) under observation. In addition, on a number of occasions, I called Ulema and Mashaikh and held extensive consultations with them. The objective was to take them on board in our campaign against terrorism and extremism. These measures have been continuing since our government assumed office in 1999. I am explaining all this to you in great detail only because of the fact that the campaign against extremism undertaken by us from the very beginning is in our own national interest. We are not doing this under advice or pressure from anyone. Rather, we are conscious that it is in our national interest. We are conscious that we need to rid society of extremism and this is being done right from the beginning. This domestic reforms process was underway when a terrorist attack took place against the United States on the 11th of September. This terrorist act led to momentous changes all over the world. We decided to join the international coalition against terrorism and in this regard I have already spoken to you on a number of occasions. We took this decision on principles and in our national interest.
By the grace of Allah Almighty our decision was absolutely correct. Our intentions were noble and God Almighty helped us. I am happy to say that the vast majority of Pakistanis stood by this decision and supported our decision. I am proud of the realistic decision of our nation. What really pains me is that some religious extremist parties and groups opposed this decision. What hurt more was that their opposition was not based on principles. At a critical juncture in our history, they preferred their personal and party interests over national interests.
They tried their utmost to mislead the nation, took out processions and resorted to agitation. But their entire efforts failed.
The people of Pakistan frustrated their designs. As I have said, I am proud of the people of Pakistan who support correct decisions and do not pay heed to those who try to mislead them. I have interacted with the religious scholars on a number of occasions and exchanged views with them. I am happy to say that our discussions have been very fruitful. A majority of them are blessed with wisdom and vision and they do not mix religion with politics.
Some extremists, who were engaged in protests, are people who try to monopolise and attempt to propagate their own brand of religion.
They think as if others are not Muslims. These are the people who considered the Taliban to be a symbol of Islam and that the Taliban were bringing Islamic rennaissance or were practising the purest form of Islam.
They behaved as if the Northern Alliance, against whom the Taliban were fighting, were non-Muslims! Whereas, in fact, both were Muslims and believers. These extremists were those people who do not talk of "Haqooqul Ibad" (obligations towards fellow human beings).
They do not talk of these obligations because practising them demands self-sacrifice. How will they justify their Pajeros and expensive vehicles? I want to ask these extremists as to who was responsible for misleading thousands of Pakistanis to their massacre in Afghanistan? These misled people were let down by the very people in whose support they had gone. All of us should learn a lesson from this. We must remember that we are Pakistanis. Pakistan is our identity, our motherland. We will be aliens outside Pakistan and be treated as aliens. Pakistan is our land. It is our soil. If we forsake it, we will face difficulties. This lesson we must learn.
Sectarian terrorism has been going on for years. Everyone of us is fed up of it. It is becoming unbearable. Our peace-loving people are keen to get rid of the Klashinkov and weapon culture. Every one is sick of it. It was because of this that we banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Muhammad.
Yet little improvement occurred. The day of reckoning has come. Do we want Pakistan to become a theocratic state? Do we believe that religious education alone is enough for governance or do we want Pakistan to emerge as a progressive and dynamic Islamic welfare state? The verdict of the masses is in favour of a progressive Islamic state.
This decision, based on the teaching of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and in line with the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal will put Pakistan on the path of progress and prosperity. Let us honestly analyse what the few religious extremists have attempted to do with Pakistan and Islam.
First, with regard to Afghanistan, they indulged in agitational activities. Look at the damage it has caused! Pakistan's international image was tarnished and we were projected by the international media as ignorant and backward. Our economy suffered.
A number of export orders already placed with Pakistani industry were cancelled and no new orders materialised. This led to closure of some factories and unemployment. The poor daily wage earners lost their livelihood. Extremists also formed a Pakistan-Afghanistan Defence Council! Apart from damaging Pakistan, they had negative thinking and had no idea of anything good for Afghanistan. Did they ever think of bringing about peace to Afghanistan through reconciliation among the Taliban and Northern Alliance?
Did they counsel tolerance to them? Did they ever think of collecting funds for the welfare, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-ravaged Afghanistan, or to mitigate sufferings of the poor Afghan people? Did they think of a solution to the hunger, poverty and destruction in Afghanistan? To my knowledge, only Maulana Abdul Sattar Edhi, God bless him, and some foreign NGOs and the UN organisations were providing the Afghans with food and medicines. These extremists did nothing except contributing to bloodshed in Afghanistan. I ask of them, whether they know any thing other then disruption and sowing seeds of hatred? Does Islam preach this?
Now, let us see their activity outside Afghanistan. They initiated sectarian feuds. Sects and different schools of thought in Islam have existed since long. There is nothing wrong with intellectual differences flowing from freedom of thought as long as such differences remain confined to intellectual debates.
Look at what this extremist minority is doing? They are indulging in fratricidal killings. There is no tolerance among them. Quaid-e-Azam declared that Pakistan belonged to followers of all religions; that every one would be treated equally. However, what to speak of other religions, Muslims have started killing each other.
I think, these people have declared more Muslims as Kafirs (infidels) than motivating the non-Muslims to embrace Islam. Look at the damage they have caused? They have murdered a number of our highly qualified doctors, engineers, civil servants and teachers who were pillars of our society.
Who has suffered? The families of the dead, no doubt. But a greater loss was inflicted on Pakistan because, as I said, we lost the pillars of our society. These extremists did not stop here.
They started killing other innocent people in mosques and places of worship. Today, people are scared of entering these sacred places of worship. It is a matter of shame that police has to be posted outside for their protection. We claim Islam as Deen or a complete way of life.
Is this the way of life that Islam teaches us? That we fight amongst ourselves and feel scared of fellow Muslims, scared of visiting our places of worship where police has to be deputed outside for protection? Mosques are being misused for propagating and inciting hatred against each other's sect and beliefs and against the Government, too.
I would like to inform you that a number of terrorist rings have been apprehended. In Karachi, the Inspector General of Police, while briefing me, informed that the leader of one of these groups is the Pesh Imam (Prayer Leader) of a Mosque in Malir.
The Imam has confessed to murdering many people himself. This is the state of affairs. To what purpose are we using our mosques for? These people have made a state within a state and have challenged the writ of the government.
Now, I would like to dwell upon the subject of Madaris or Religious Schools in some detail. These schools are excellent welfare set-ups where the poor get free board and lodge. In my opinion, no NGO can match their welfare aspects.
Many of the madaris are imparting excellent education. In addition to religious teachings, other subjects such as science, education and computer training are also being imparted there. I am thankful to them for undertaking excellent welfare measures without State funding. I would also like to say that I have projected madaris internationally and with various heads of states time and again.
I think no one else in Pakistan has done so much for their cause. However, there are some negative aspects of some madrassahs.
These few impart only religious education and such education which produces semi-literate religious scholars. This is a weakness. Very few madaris, I repeat very few of them, are under the influence of politico-religious parties or have been established by them.
I know that some of these promote negative thinking and propagate hatred and violence instead of inculcating tolerance, patience and fraternity.
We must remember that historically, the madarasa was a prestigious seat of learning. They were citadels of knowledge and beacon of light for the world.
When Islam was at its zenith, every discipline of learning e.g.: mathematics, science, medicine, astronomy and jurisprudence were taught at these institutions. Great muslims luminaries such as Al-Beruni, Ibn-e-Sina (Avesina) and Ibn Khuldoon, were the products of these same madaris.
And if we study history, we see that from the 7th to 15th century AD, transfer of technology took place from the Muslims to the rest of the world.
Look at Muslims' condition today. Islam teaches us to seek knowledge, even if it involved travel to China. I am sure you are aware that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had told prisoners of war in the Battle of Badar that they would be set free if each of them imparted education to ten Muslims.
Quite obviously, this education could not have been religious education as the prisoners were non-Muslims. So the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was actually referring to worldly education.
If we do not believe in education, are we following the teachings of Islam or violating them? We must ask what direction are we being led into by these extremists? The writ of the government is being challenged. Pakistan has been made a soft state where the supremacy of law is questioned. This situation can not be tolerated any more.
The question is what is the correct path? First of all, we must rid the society of sectarian hatred and terrorism, promote mutual harmony.
Remember that mindsets can not be changed through force and coercion. No idea can ever be forcibly thrust upon any one. May be the person changes outwardly but minds and hearts can never be converted by force.
Real change can be brought about through personal example, exemplary character and superior intellect. It can be brought about by Haqooq-ul-ibad (Obligation towards fellow beings). Have we forgotten the example of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) where Islam was spread by virtue of his personal conduct, true leadership and that is how changes in the world took place at that time.
We have forgotten the teaching of revered personalities of Islam like Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Fareed Ganj Shakar, Baha-uddin Zakria etc.
Was Islam spread by them through force and coercion? No. They preached Islam by personal example. I give these examples because it hurts me to see where we have relegated ourselves now. We must restore that status of Madaris to what it originally was. We have to change the state of affairs and take them on the path of improvement.
The second thing I want to talk about is the concept of Jehad in its totality. I want to dilate upon it because it is a contentious issue, requiring complete comprehension and understanding. In Islam, Jehad is not confined to armed struggles only. Have we ever thought of waging Jehad against illiteracy, poverty, backwardness and hunger? This is the larger Jehad.
Pakistan, in my opinion, needs to wage Jehad against these evils. After the battle of Khyber the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) stated that Jehad-e-Asghar (Smaller Jehad) is over but Jehad-e-Akbar (Greater Jehad) has begun.
This meant that armed Jehad i.e. the smaller Jehad was now over and the greater Jehad against backwardness and illiteracy had started. Pakistan needs Jehad-e-Akbar at this juncture.
By the way we must remember that only the government of the day and not every individual can proclaim armed Jehad. The extremist minority must realise that Pakistan is not responsible of waging armed Jehad in the world. I feel that in addition to Haqooq Allah (Obligations to God), we should also focus on Haqooq-Al-ebad (Obligations towards fellow human beings).
At Schools, Colleges and Madaris. Obligations towards fellow beings should be preached. We know that we have totally ignored the importance of correct dealings with fellow humans beings. There is no room for feuds in Islamic teachings. It is imperative that we teach true Islam i.e. tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, justice, fair play, amity and harmony, which is the true spirit of Islam. We must adopt this. We must shun negative thinking.
We have formulated a new strategy for Madaris and there is need to implement it so as to galvanize their good aspects and remove their drawbacks. We have developed a new syllabi for them providing for teaching of Pakistan studies, Mathematics, Science and English along with religious subjects. Even if we want these Madaris to produce religious leaders they should be educated along these lines.
Such people will command more respect in the society because they will be better qualified. To me, students of religious schools should be brought in to the mainstream of society. If any one of them opts to join college or university, he would have the option being equipped with the modern education.
If a child studying at a madrasa does not wish to be a prayer leader and he wants to be a bank official or seek employment elsewhere, he should be facilitated.
It would mean that the students of Madaris should be brought to the mainstream through a better system of education. This is the crux of the Madrasa strategy.
This by no means is an attempt to bring religious educational institutions under Govt control nor do we want to spoil the excellent attributes of these institutions. My only aim is to help these institutions in over coming their weaknesses and providing them with better facilities and more avenues to the poor children at these institutions.
We must check abuse of mosques and madaris and they must not be used for spreading political and sectarian prejudices. We want to ensure that mosques enjoy freedom and we are here to maintain it. At the same time we expect a display of responsibility along with freedom.
If the Imam of mosques fail to display responsibility, curbs would have to be placed on them. After this analysis, now, I come to some conclusions and decisions:- First, we have to establish the writ of the Government. All organizations in Pakistan will function in a regulated manner. No individual, organization or Party will be allowed to break law of the land.
The internal environment has to be improved. Maturity and equilibrium have to be established in the society. We have to promote an environment of tolerance, maturity, responsibility, patience and understanding. We have to check extremism, militancy, violence and fundamentalism. We will have to forsake the atmosphere of hatred and anger.
We have to stop exploitation of simple poor people of the country and not to incite them to feuds and violence. We must concern ourselves with our own country. Pakistan comes first. We do not need to interfere and concern ourselves with others. There is no need to interfere in other countries.
Now I turn to other important issues. In my view there are three problems causing conflict and agitation in our minds. They include; first the Kashmir Cause, secondly all political disputes at the international level concerning Muslims and thirdly internal sectarian disputes and differences.
These are the three problems which create confusion in our minds. I want to lay down rules of behaviour concerning all the three. Let us take the Kashmir Cause first. Kashmir runs in our blood. No Pakistani can afford to sever links with Kashmir. The entire Pakistan and the world knows this. We will continue to extend our moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. We will never budge an inch from our principle stand on Kashmir.
The Kashmir problem needs to be resolved by dialogue and peaceful means in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the United Nations resolutions. We have to find the solution of this dispute. No organization will be allowed to indulge in terrorism in the name of Kashmir. We condemn the terrorist acts of September 11, October 1 and December 13. Anyone found involved in any terrorist act would be dealt with sternly.
Strict action will be taken against any Pakistani individual, group or organization found involved in terrorism within or outside the country.
On this occasion, as President of Pakistan, I want to convey a message to Prime Minister Vajpayee: "If we want to normalize relations between Pakistan and India and bring harmony to the region, the Kashmir dispute will have to be resolved peacefully through a dialogue on the basis of the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Solving the Kashmir Issue is the joint responsibility of our two countries. Let me repeat some of the observations made by you Mr. Vajpayee some time back, and I quote: "mind-sets will have to be altered and historical baggage will have to be jettisoned".
I accept your offer. Let us start talking in this very spirit. Now as Commander of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, I wish to convey another message. The Armed Forces of Pakistan are fully prepared and deployed to meet any challenge. They will spill the last drop of their blood in the defence of their country. Let there be no attempt of crossing the border in any sector as it will be met with full force. Do not entertain any illusions on this count. I would also like to address the international community, particularly the United States on this occasion. They must play an active role in solving the Kashmir dispute for the sake of lasting peace and harmony in the Region. We should be under no illusion that the legitimate demand of the people of Kashmir can ever be suppressed without their just resolution.
Kashmiris also expect that you bring an end to Indian State terrorism and human rights violations. Let us allow human rights organizations, Amnesty International, international media and United Nations peace-keepers to monitor activities of the Indian Occupation Forces.
Now we come to the second problem which causes confusion in our minds and is of our particular concern. It relates to conflicts involving Muslims. Our religious leaders involve themselves in such conflicts without giving serious thought to them. I don't want to talk at length on this.
It is for the government to take a position on international issues. Individuals, organizations and political parties should restrict their activities to expression of their views. I request them to express their views on international issues in an intellectual spirit and in a civilized manner through force of argument.
Views expressed with maturity and moderation have greater convincing power. Expressing views in a threatening manner does not create any positive effect and anyone who indulges in hollow threats is taken as an unbalanced person by the world at large.
I would request that we should stop interfering in the affairs of others. First, we should attain the strength and the importance where our views carry weight when we express them. Now we come to internal decisions. The third issue causing conflict in our minds relates to sectarian differences. As I have already pointed out that writ of the Government will be established. No individual, organization or party will be allowed to break the law of the land. All functioning will be in a regulated manner and within rules. Now I come to the extremist organizations. Terrorism, and sectarianism must come to an end. I had announced a ban on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Mohammad on 14 August last year. On that occasion, I had pointed out that Sipah-e-Sahaba and TJP would be kept under observation.
I am sorry to say that there is not much improvement in the situation. Sectarian violence continues unabated. We have busted several gangs involved in sectarian killings. You would be astonished to know that in year 2001 about 400 innocent people fell victim to sectarian and other killings.
Many of the gangs apprehended include people mostly belonging to Sipah-e-Sahaba and some to TJP. This situation cannot be tolerated any more. I, therefore, announce banning of both Sipah-e-Sahaba and TJP. In addition to these, TNSM (Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi) being responsible for misleading thousands of simple poor people into Afghanistan also stands banned.
This organization is responsible for their massacre in Afghanistan. The Government has also decided to put the Sunni Tehreek under observation. No organization in Pakistan will be allowed to call itself as Lashkar, Sipah or Jaish. Any organization or individual would face strict punitive measures if found inciting the people to violence in internal or external contexts.
Our mosques are sacred places where we seek the blessings of God Almighty. Let them remain sacred. We will not allow the misuse of mosques. All mosques will be registered and no new mosques will be built without permission. The use of loudspeakers will be limited only to call for prayers, and Friday Sermon and Vaaz.
However, I would like to emphasise that special permission is being given for "Vaaz" (Sermon). If this is misused the permission will be cancelled. If there is any political activity, inciting of sectarian hatred or propagation of extremism in any mosque, the management would be held responsible and proceeded against according to law. I appeal to all Pesh Imams to project the qualities of Islam in the mosques and invite the people to piety. Talk of obligations towards fellow beings, exhort them to abstain from negative thoughts and promote positive thinking. I hope that all Nazims, Distt. Police officers and Auqaf Department officials will take quick action against violators of these measures.
On Madaris, a detailed policy will be issued through a new Madressa Ordinance. The Ordinance will be issued in a few days. I feel happy that the Madressa policy has been finalized in consultation with religious scholars and Mashaikh. I have touched on the merits and shortcomings prevailing in the Madaris.
Merits have to be reinforced while shortcomings have to be rooted out. Under the Madressa policy, their functioning will be regulated. These Madaris will be governed by same rules and regulations applicable to other schools, colleges and universities. All Madaris will be registered by 23 March 2002 and no new Madressa will be opened without permission of the Government.
If any Madressa (religious school) is found indulging in extremism, subversion, militant activity or possessing any types of weapons, it will be closed. All Madaaris will have to adopt the new syllabi by the end of this year. Those Madaris which are already following such syllabi are welcome to continue. The Government has decided to provide financial assistance to such Madaris.
The government will also help the Madaris in the training of their teachers. The Ministry of Education has been instructed to review courses of Islamic education in all schools and colleges also with a view to improving them.
So far as foreign students attending Madaris are concerned, we have set rules for them. Foreign students who do not have proper documents would be required to comply with the formalities by 23 March 2002 otherwise they can face deportation. Any foreigner wanting to attend Madaris in Pakistan will have to obtain required documents from his/her native country and NOC from the government. Only then, he or she will get admission. The same rules will apply to foreign teachers.
Some Ulema were of the view that some poor people who come to Pakistan for religious education should not be deported to the countries of their origin. I agree that this is a genuine demand but such people should regularize their stay in Pakistan through their respective embassies. As I have said, all such activity has to be regulated and the writ of the Government must be established.
With a view to ending conflict,I have explained to you at great length the three areas causing confusion in our minds. Making rules, regulations and issuing ordinances is easy but their implementation is difficult. However, I feel all the measures I have announced are of utmost importance. We have to implement them. In this regard, the law enforcement agencies including police must perform their duty.
We are introducing reforms in the police with a view to improving their efficiency. A great responsibility lies on their shoulders.
I have directed the police to ensure implementation of the steps announced by the government and I have no doubt they will be motivated to perform their duty. After reforms we expect they will be better trained and equipped to discharge their duty. Rangers and civil armed forces will be in their support. We are also taking steps in consultation with the judiciary for speedy trial of cases relating to terrorism and extremism.
Anti terrorist courts are being strengthened and necessary orders will be issued in a few days. Apart from these issues, I would also like to inform you, my brothers and sisters that we have been sent a list of 20 people by India. I want to clear our position on this. There is no question of handing over any Pakistani. This will never be done. If we are given evidence against those people, we will take action against them in Pakistan under our own laws. As far as non-Pakistanis are concerned, we have not given asylum to any one. Any one falling under this category will be proceeded against whenever one is found.
My brothers & Sisters, Pakistan is an Islamic Republic. There are 98 percent Muslims living in this country. We should live like brothers and form an example for rest of the Islamic countries. We should strive to emerge as a responsible and progressive member of the comity of nations.
We have to make Pakistan into a powerful and strong country. We have resources and potential. We have also capacity to meet external danger. We have to safeguard ourselves against internal dangers. I have always been saying that internal strife is eating us like termite. Don't forget that Pakistan is the citadel of Islam and if we want to serve Islam well we will first have to make Pakistan strong and powerful. There is a race for progress among all nations. We cannot achieve progress through a policy of confrontation and feuds. We can achieve progress through human resource development, mental enlightenment, high moral character and technological development. I appeal to all my countrymen to rise to the occasion. We should get rid of intolerance and hatred and instead promote tolerance and harmony. May God guide us to act upon the true teachings of Islam. May He help us to follow the Quaid-e-Azam's motto: "Unity, Faith and Discipline". This should always be remembered. We will be a non-entity without unity. And I would again like to recite a couplet from Allama Iqbal. Fard Qaim Rabte Millat Say Hai Tanha Kuch Naheen. Mauj Hai Darya Main Aur Baroon-e-Darya Kuch Naheen. English:
"AMONGST THE COMMUNITY DO INDIVIDUALS SURVIVE; NOT ALONE; LIKE WAVES THAT EXIST IN RIVERS AND OUT OF WATER ARE NOT KNOWN.
France says Musharraf measures "important and positive"
PARIS: France said on Sunday measures announced by President Pervez Musharraf against Islamic militants aimed at defusing the standoff with nuclear rival India were "important and positive."
"The determination expressed yesterday in this respect by President Musharraf and measures taken against numerous extremists are important and positive," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "We have invited the Pakistani authorities to resolutely continue their moves against terrorism," the statement said.
China welcomes President Musharraf's speech
BEIJING: China on Sunday said it welcomed a landmark speech by President Pervez Musharraf against religious extremism targeting India, Chinese government sources said.
India rules out any third-party involvement over H. Kashmir
NEW DELHI: Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on Sunday ruled out any third-party involvement in resolving the status of occupied Kashmir, following an appeal by President Pervez Musharraf.
"Let there be no further infiltration or cross-border terrorism," Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said in a news conference. "We have to go not by the stated intent but by the action on the ground," he stated.
India welcomes President Musharraf crack-down but calls for "concrete action"
NEW DELHI: India welcomes President Pervez Musharraf's crack-down on Islamic militants but will judge his commitment by "concrete action taken," Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said Sunday.
"We welcome the now declared commitment (by Pakistan) not to support or permit any more the use of its territory for terrorism anywhere in the world, including in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir," Singh said.
But Singh said General Musharraf's commitment will be judged by "concrete action taken" against "cross-border terrorism."
President Musharraf must stop "cross-border terrorism"-Advani
NEW DELHI: Indian Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani called on President Pervez Musharraf to deliver on a promise to crack down on terrorism by preventing any militant from crossing into India to launch attacks.
In the first reaction by the Indian government, Advani said Pakistan must stop militants crossing either the Line of Control dividing disputed Kashmir or the border to attack Indian targets.
India delays announcement of response to Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee called meetings of the cabinet committee on security and opposition leaders on Sunday to decide the country's response to Pakistani moves against Islamic militants.
An official said the government would formally react to President Pervez Musharraf's promise to crack down on groups suspected of violence against India, after consultations with opposition groups.
An Indian Foreign Ministry briefing scheduled for noon (0630 GMT) has been postponed to 1:30 p.m., the official said.
UN calls on India, Pakistan to hold peace talks
UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Saturday that steps announced by President Pervez Musharraf to crack down on Islamic militants should help ease tensions with India and urged the neighboring nuclear powers to resolve their differences through peaceful means.
Annan "welcomes the emphasis in the speech today by Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf on tolerance, the rule of law and the need to fight terrorism and extremism. He regards the anti-terrorist measures announced by the president, including the banning of several armed extremist organizations, as a significant further step towards easing the dangerous situation in the region," a UN spokesman said.
"The secretary-general takes this opportunity to reiterate his conviction that the differences between India and Pakistan can only be resolved peacefully," the spokesman said in a statement.
US, UN welcome speech by President Musharraf
WASHINGTON: The United States and the United Nations Saturday welcomed President Pervez Musharraf's rejection of terrorism as a political tool and hailed his vision of a modern Pakistani state.
US President George W. Bush "welcomes President Musharraf's firm decision to stand against terrorism and extremism and his commitment to the principle that no person or organization will be allowed to indulge in terror as a means to further its cause," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said in a statement.
Britain welcomes Pakistan's anti-terror pledge
LONDON: Britain on Saturday hailed President Pervez Musharraf's condemnation of militant groups blamed for pushing his nation to the brink of war with India.
"We welcome President Musharraf's outright condemnation and rejection of terrorism in all its forms and his pledge to deal very firmly with anyone committing terrorist acts from inside Pakistan," Downing Street said in a press release.
Bush applauds President Musharraf's "firm stand against terrorism"
WASHINGTON: US President George W. Bush welcomed President Pervez Musharraf's "firm stand against terrorism" and applauded his vision of Pakistan as "a progressive and modern state," the White House said late Saturday.
US welcomes President Musharraf speech
WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday welcomed President Musharraf’s speech, in which he announced new steps to combat terrorism and extremism.
"I welcome President Musharraf's speech. He has taken a bold and principled stand to set Pakistan squarely against terrorism and extremism both in and outside of Pakistan," Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said in a statement.
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13. Dihantar pada 14hb Oktober 2005, 5:20:33 ptg [Edit]
Dan siapakah yang lebih aniaya daripada orang yang menghalang-halangi menyebut nama Allah dalam masjid-masjid-Nya, dan berusaha untuk merobohkannya? Mereka itu tidak sepatutnya masuk ke dalamnya (masjid Allah), kecuali dengan rasa takut (kepada Allah). Mereka di dunia mendapat kehinaan dan di akhirat mendapat siksa yang berat.
( 2 Al Baqarah 114 )
14. Dihantar pada 16hb Oktober 2005, 10:53:11 mlm [Edit]
Usaha mengikut kehendak Yahudi dan Nasara terhadap menyusahkan, atau menghalang-halangi kemudahan Ilmu As Sunnah berkembang dan ditinggikan di Pakistan, bahkan memberikan gambaran yang melampaui batas terhadap kemurnian pusat-pusat pengajian As Sunnah yang sesuai dengan angapan Musyrikin - Yahudi dan Nasara - , semata-mata tunduk kepada amalan Anti Sunnah, harus menjadikan ia patut sedar dan menginsafi tentang tindakan itu mempunyai akibah yang tidak diduga dari Allah SWT.
Kerana ia adalah jelas untuk difikirkan sebagaimana maskud Firman Allah SWT:
Sesungguhnya orang-orang kafir (engkar) dan menghalangi (manusia) dari jalan Allah serta memusuhi rasul setelah petunjuk itu jelas bagi mereka, mereka tidak dapat memberi mudarat kepada Allah sedikit pun. Dan Allah akan menghapuskan (pahala) amal-amal mereka. ( 47 Muhammad 32 )
Astaghafirullah al adzim.
15. Dihantar pada 21hb Oktober 2005, 10:50:22 mlm [Edit]
AMBILAN DARI NBC
Pakistan mourns a ‘lost generation’
More than half of the earthquake victims were children
• Pakinstan’s ‘lost generation’
Oct. 20: NBC's Ned Colt reports on the earthquake in South Asia, where the death toll nears 80,000 and more than half of the dead may be children.
NEAR MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan - Seven-year-old Tesneem Bibi grimaces with pain. Her tears are mixed with sweat as a nurse wraps her foot.
Her father, Ismail, had already dug a grave for her when he pulled her out of the remains of their home, unconscious, two days after the quake. He carried her for two more days, through the mountains, to reach help.
By then gangrene had set in and Tesneem was rushed to an operating room, where doctors had no choice but to amputate part of her foot.
"When I think of the pain and suffering," says Ismail, "it would have been better if we'd all died. The pain is more than she can bear."
Tesneem isn't alone. Eight thousand schools were destroyed in the quake, and survivors now fill beds in a hallway that’s been turned into a hospital ward.
The children have head wounds, fractures and gangrene. Doctors are now vaccinating them against tetanus and measles.
UNICEF estimates as many as 120,000 children are in need of shelter or medical care. And since the aid isn't getting to them, parents and children who can are hiking across broken roads and steep mountain passes for help.
In the foothills of the Himalayas, Dr. Kaiser Jalal was trying to bring aid to them Thursday, but when the road stopped, so did he. He knows, as a doctor, this is a critical time.
"Yes, of course, it's a very critical time," says Jalal. "And if nobody reaches them in one or two days, nobody knows how many lives we are going to lose there."
UNICEF says as many as 10,000 children could die. And for those who survive — amputees like Tesneem — life may be difficult.
"In our culture there is a stigma, especially for girls that can't be married," says Dr. Muhammed Amjad Chaudery of Islamabad Children's Hospital.
But with rehabilitation, time and a father's love, perhaps Tesneem will have a brighter future.
© 2005 MSNBC Interactive
16. Dihantar pada 22hb Oktober 2005, 9:52:01 mlm [Edit]
Sejauhmanakah kesedaran dan keinsafan kita,
dalam ramadan yang mulia ini ?
Bagimanakah selera makan kita,
persediaan menyambut keriangan hari raya,
ratusan ribu bahkan jutaan saudara Islam disana - sini,
berada dalam ujian Allah SWT !!!
Astaghafirullah al adzim. WA.
17. Dihantar pada 25hb Oktober 2005, 10:11:07 mlm [Edit]
SISIPAN KISAH GEMPABUMI.
Torrential rain brought more misery for the quake-hit people as the survivors were under open sky ..
Pakistan - Nightmare at AJK University
10/14/2005 - Social - Article Ref: TN0510-2822
By: Muhammad Irtaza
The Nation* -
Multan: "The screams of my class fellows are still echoing in my mind. Their blood-littered faces don't let me sleep in the night. They are calling for help, desperately trying to hold on to life, but to no avail, as no body can recover them from the massive blocks of campus debris. They all die, leaving me alone with killing memories that might continue to haunt me for rest of my life."
This is how, Azam Ali Alvi, a survivor of one of the most disastrous earthquake in the history of this area, told his story. Azam is a student of third semester in 4-year B.S. Applied Geology program in Geology Department of University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad.
Mr. Alvi, his class fellow Babar Siddique and a hostel warden survived 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Muzaffarabad on Saturday and reached Multan in the wee hours of Monday, October 10, 2005.
While recounting the ordeal, he feared that over 800 students and teachers in the old campus of the university were crushed to death under the debris. Even 24 hours after the quake no rescue team could reach the campus. "The killer-quake hit Muzaffarabad at about 8:50 a.m. on Saturday while no rescue team had reached the spot till 9:00 am on Sunday and most of the students and teachers would have died by then," he feared.
Recalling the time when the earthquake smashed Muzaffarabad area, he said that the earth suddenly shook and walls were violently jolted. "I was tying my shoe laces in my hostel room, preparing to go for my class starting at 9:30 a.m. in the old campus, but suddenly everything started to twist and turn fiercely. I tried to stand on my feet but fell down." he described the scene and added, "Babar Siddiuq, my roommate, who belonged from Mansehra, screamed that it is earthquake and we must rush out of our room."
Azam Alvi said that he ran out and fell on the ground four or five times during his struggle to reach the road passing by his hostel. He said that he saw all of the buildings outside the hostel had collapsed. "Crying loudly, women children and older people, followed by an enormous windstorm were running ahead of us," he said and maintained that the earthquake shattered a nearby mountain into many pieces, which generated the windstorm.
He said that the earthquake continued for at least eight minutes with two intervals. "The first and most disastrous tremor of the quake kept thrashing the earth for about six minutes followed by another shorter stretch of two minutes," he recalled that all those buildings, which survived the first attack of the deadly quake fell prey to the second tremor and met with the earth.
He said that a mountain, dislocated due to earthquake, also blocked the flow of Neelum River and spread the panic of a flood. However, the water itself made its way and did not come out of banks.
He apprised that all buildings of new campus were newly built and they remained intact during the quake. However, the entire old campus collapsed and the teachers, students and other staffers were stuck under the rubble. "When we reached the old campus, it looked the scene of a war-ravaged area. Entire departments and the two-story girls hostel were destroyed and boys, girls and teachers were trapped under the ruins, some of them screaming for help," he said.
Sighing sorrowfully he said that a computer lab of BSCS caught fire at the time of quake and as a result over 50 girls were burnt to death. "Some girls of the Botany Department kept yelling for help till 9:00 pm, but in vain. They got silent after 12 hours of ordeal- probably dead-but we could not do anything for them as they were stuck under heavy blocks of building material and we could not pull them out," he could hardly narrate the sad moment while sobbing.
He said that the students carried out rescue operations and saved the lives of two teachers and two students from the rubble. They also recovered about 50 dead bodies of their fellow students. He feared that at least 800 students and teachers were killed in the university.
Torrential rain brought more misery for the quake-hit people as the survivors were under open sky while those stuck under the debris were drowning in chilling water. Alvi said that the residents of nearby areas also gathered in the ground of old campus and kept under the open sky, heavy rain and bone-chilling air for the whole night.
He said that almost all the roads of Muzaffarabad were either shattered or blocked due to land slides while power supply and telecommunication systems were also suspended. "We came out of campus for Garhi Habib Ullah and reached there on foot after traveling five hours. A huge caravan of men, women and children was on way with us, all of them weeping, sobbing and wailing," he apprised this correspondent. He said that all villages and buildings between Muzaffarabad and Garhi Habib Ullah were completely destroyed and the poor people were lying helpless.
Referring to his university, he lamented that the entire university buildings along with faculty and students were erased by the disastrous earthquake. He hoped that the university might be re-established soon.
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