PIA – Free of Charge Airlift

Just got the following SMS from Mobilink:

PIA has announced free of charge airlift of relief goods for earthquake victims from its entire domestic and global network. Please contact the nearest PIA office for details.

8 Comments so far

  1. W (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    Spoke with a PIA rep in the New York office. PIA (at least in New York) is not accepting relief goods from individuals, but encouraging individuals to donate to relief agencies and/or collect in bulk and get an NOC letter from Pakistani consulate before bringing them to PIA cargo at JFK. Relief goods such as blankets, waterproof jackets, anti-biotics and painkillers, etc, are encouraged. EDHI foundation is reported to be collecting material goods for transportation to Pakistan through PIA.

  2. Abid Gilani (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 11:35 pm

    Can we get to Fakhr-e-Alam please or any person organizing the activities with him? We can make arrangements with Airblue for airlift from Karahi.

    Syed Abid Gilani
    House 195, Street 69, F-10/3, Islamabad

  3. Sarwar (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 3:08 am

    I am trying to organise a shipment of warm clothes etc from Washington DC.

    I contacted the Embassy to see if I could deliver the boxes to the embassy, and if they would facilitate the shipment to Pakistan. They told me that PIA was overwhelmed.

    Are there any other carriers willing to take relief shipments to Pakistan?

  4. huma (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 3:23 am

    All those who are facing problems in getting goods sent to Pakistan – contact your embassy, or get in touch with some of the many aid organizations working abroad – Edhi Foundation has offices in UK and USA as well.

  5. Syed Muhammad Nabeel (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 5:54 pm

    It is the thing rrequired!!!!
    Guud Job PIA ~ Fly Higher

  6. Sarwar (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

    Here is the update on shipping goods from USA for the earthquake victims in Pakistan.

    Just spoke to EDHI in NY. They are only taking cash contributions. Pakistan Embassy is also not committing to shipping goods to Pakistan.

    I have sent another email to Pak Embassy telling them Washington Post reports that people are already tapped out by donating to the Tsunami and to Hurrican Katrina. Cash contributions would therefore be primarily from the Pak Community. However, we could tap the general population by asking for donations of warm coats, sweaters etc in addition to cash contributions.

    I understand transfering money is easier than shipping goods from US to Pak, but if private individuals are willing to organise, collect, package deliver these goods to the embassy, shouldn’t government bureaucrats also make an extra effort to get it to the needy people? If PIA is overwhelmed this week, send it next week, or the week after!

  7. Affan Qureshi (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 1:37 am

    Just got this from the PIA guy in DC:

    Dear Brother and Sisters,


    My name is Azar Abbasi. I work for PIA in Washington DC. I have received hundreds of calls from Pakistani brothers and sisters who want to donate goods for the earthquake relief.

    As you may know, PIA cannot accept donated goods from individuals, NGOs or associations. I am very thankful to Adam Center in becoming an authorized association to accept donations and I was also fortunate to get warehouse space donated by inter-Global Systems in Sterling. I am equally glad that Cavliar Logistics in Sterling has agreed to donate a 54-foot truck to transport the relief goods to JFK from where PIA will carry the goods to Islamabad. We are gratified for the support offered by Adam Center, Inter-Global Systems and Cavliar Logistics.

    The drop-off schedule is going to be Saturday October 22, between 12 and 5 PM. Inter-Global System’s address is: 22580 Glen Drive Suite 180 Sterling, VA 20164.


    1. Packing requirements: Pack relief goods in sturdy cartons. The content of each package must be mentioned on the packing material. Please indicate ìL*W*Hî on each carton. No carton should weigh more than 25 lbs (since the boxes have to be physically loaded). No perishable food item or hazardous material is allowed.

    2. The most important items that are needed are: medical supplies (crutches, bandages, antibiotics, painkillers, antiseptic etc.) Blankets, tents (1 tent that cost less than $100 can give shelter to at least 12 people.) Clothing: Sweaters, coats, socks, boots (The clothes should be in good condition.)

    3. Space is limited on all flights so please bring only the things that are needed. Please donate generously and accordingly to the need of the survivors.

    Thank you for all your support and may Allah help us to overcome this catastrophe of astronomical proportions.

    Best Regards,

    Azar Abbasi

    202-415-2927 (cell)

  8. Wasif Mirza (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 6:30 pm

    Regarding the collection of good through PIA, I am only reporting what was announced at our Islamic Center in Centerl jersey, that PIA is transporting urgently needed supplies and goods to the affected areas free of charge. Then there was a protocol and procedure announced for transporting the goods. The last day was Friday at 3:00 Pm and the announcement was made at 10:00 PM on Thursday. Several people including myself left the prayers to go home and bring the supplies immediately since 3:00 PM on Friday would be difficult to manage given that people are at work.

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