According to news reports millions of people are suffering from food & medicine shortage after 24 hours of displacement of thousands of people from Swat, Buner and various other districts of Malakand. Due to curfew and ongoing military operation millions of people are still confined inside their houses in Malakand and they are facing shortage of amenities. It has been appealed by various organizations repeatedly that there is a need of food, medicines, tents, utensils for the refugees.
A huge displacement has been observed from the affected areas via Ambela-Sawabai Road, Dagar-Mardan Road, Jowar-Daragi Road (via Bazdara and Girarai). According to the local social activist Mr. Tajun Khan, 60% population of the affected areas has left villages. The remaining population is facing shortage of food, water and health facilities. Curfew has been relaxed for more than 12 Hours which facilitated the people who are continuously fleeing the area. But the people who are stuck up in the area have no transport, fuel and money to come out. 100% schools of the districts are closed. The Militants have destroyed some of the schools buildings, Police stations and posts, Basic Health Units and houses of some liberals and opinion makers.
During the operation the forces have destroyed roads, bridges, water supply facilities and electricity poles in the area .A huge number of live stock have been killed. The wheat crop ready for harvesting and Tobaccos crop have been destroyed at large scale. 03 students have been injured while going to appear for exam at Dagar College.
The electricity grad station has been damaged by bomb blast and electricity supply is suspended to most of the areas in the district including Mingora where more than 0.5 million people are living. Due to electricity failure, the citizens are facing shortage of water. The continuous curfew in the main city has resulted in shortage of food commodities.
There is no transport facility in the city as the main Swat-Peshawar road has been blocked by the security forces. The people who are stuck up in the area are facing shortage of water, food commodities and medical facilities as there is no electricity and transportation. It merits mentioning here that areas affected in the previous operations are comparatively calm.
List of items required:
– Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes, Mosquito netting
– Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels, Sanitary wear
– Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Pulses, Beans, Canned food, Biscuits, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk (tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water.
– Utensils: Crockery, Buckets – buying it locally will be more effective
– Toys for children
* Water purification tablets.
* Life saving drugs.
* Vaccines for malaria, cholera, typhoid, influenza.
* Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol, pethadine, kinz .
* Antibiotics e.g. tetnus, amoxil, gentamycin.
* IV cannulas
* IV Drip sets
* IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate
* Local anesthetics (injections)
* Cotton bandages, cotton.
* Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers.
* Suturing materials, Skin staples.
It is not that there is naval invasion and war begins but it is more of a cultural war. The navel invasion has first on a rise from west but over the past few years it has been from across the borders. The media industry in India and to an extent in Pakistan objectifies women to sell their products. This objectification not only affects the status of women but it is also affecting our ethical values and culture. Whatever advertisement it is a women is there. They made things sale able.
Words like babe, hot, sexy are a part of even a child’s verbal communication now. They don’t know what nikah is but PHEERAY is familiar. Teen agers want to dress like the girls they watch on media. When I review flashback of my life I observe many changes we use to watch programmes on TV in the presence of elders. There was a check on our activities which helped us a lot in future. But when I compared this to modern time the scenario has been completely altered. Over exposure is sometimes dangerous too.
The content of foreign channels includes dancing and exposing navels by sassy girls even in ads and dramas now. The trend is on a high that even our local dramas are following it. Bold topics and scenes are now a part of every drama take example of Mulaqat on hum TV. Even advertisements are like that we can’t watch them with family. Multiple marriages and affairs are borrowed from Indian soaps. Band khirkion k peechay at TV One shows the story of elite class where many taboos are OK.
Ads of housing projects shows hugging couple. Fashion industry is also following international trends and you can see women wearing sleeveless shirts in lot of morning shows. It seems that media has been escaped from a prison and every one is showing whatever they want. There is no censor now.
This navel invasion is much severe than naval invasion and I am unable to see efforts to combat it. Media and concerned authorities should look into the matter.
The ongoing visit of President Zardari has been the talk of the town. I would like to mention the aspect of protocol violation on this visit. As the head of the state and a part of trilateral consultations, The meeting or press conference should be with head of the states of America, instead U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sitting in the center speaks at the State Department with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai sitting on left and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari sitting on right side. It rather seems like two puppets are acting as thier master wants them to perform.
In international politics, protocol is the etiquette of diplomacy and affairs of state.
A protocol is a rule which guides how an activity should be performed, especially in the field of diplomacy. In diplomatic services and governmental fields of endeavor protocols are often unwritten guidelines. Protocols specify the proper and generally-accepted behavior in matters of state and diplomacy, such as showing appropriate respect to a head of state, ranking diplomats in chronological order of their accreditation at court, and so on.
If we take a flash back in 1950 when the Prime minister of an infant state visits America, The American President Trueman greets him at the airport. what a great official welcoming ceremony for Liaquat Ali Khan. It looks a dignified and elegant visit of a Head of the state on equality basis.
Did Obama came to receive Zardari?
Scenario has been changed but dignity should be there. If Zardari is on a position where once Quaid e Azam was, How can we say Pakistan is prospering.
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