Some of us misguided ones did trust in our innate, latent capability of becoming humans when destiny called upon us. We believed that a mass of corrupt, inefficient human beings with a lack of communal harmony or collective thought would rise to the occasion when challenged. We believed what our hearts told us must be, and what our minds told us is not. We believed because the truth was harsh to accept and the lie easy to own.

We were wrong. Our belief was right. We are today, in our darkest most sorrowful hour, at last indeed, a nation.

I am not going to mention how and where to donate and help, that has been done by many others much more capable than me. I am going to mention the meaning of my statements above. I have seen first hand the way in which the citizens of this country have expended time and money in the way of the great effort.

The shopkeeper who, when he found out that I was buying goods for the earthquake victims, refused to charge me a single paisa. The volunteer at PAF museum who fainted but did not stop working. The man who gave his monthly salary as a donation to the earthquake relief fund. The families who have donated each and every piece of warm clothing and bedding that they have. Each and every one of you should realize that no donation, help or support is too small or too big. There is need of syringes, just as there is need of helicopters. Each and every donation is special and important. Why? Because it is a group effort. It is not the small and divided that is needed. It is the mountains and heaps that are needed. And for that each and every needle counts.

The feelings, the emotions, the thoughts generated in Pakistan by this devastating incident have overwhelmed me and suddenly created in me a feeling of pride and trust in my country and countrymen. The way people in this country have reacted; the way millions have felt the pain and anguish thousands of miles away; the way we have all of sudden turned into organized, disciplined, human beings; naturally, automatically. It goes without saying that I am today more proud of being a Pakistani that I have ever been before.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tehseen Baweja (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 12:45 am

    Can’t agree enough!

  2. imaghfoor (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 1:54 am

    You have expressed feelings of a lot of Pakistanis

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

    True. People of Pakistan once again have showed the unity that was evident in the days of ’65 war.

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