Archive for March, 2010
finally a yes from lahore’s mooon market traders union chairman, now to the implementation phase, going to lahore in a day or two, pray things work out smooth, and this is followed by other traders unions, and organizations who have been affected by bomb blasts to work on similar projects and create a group of people opposed to terrorism in pakistan.
setting up a memorial to the martyrs of the 7th december twin suicide bombing attack
Date: March 3, 2010
To: Team PTSN
Subject: Note on Trip to Jakarta
1. I went to Jakarta Indonesia from February 26, till March 1, 2010, to show the survivors of bombings in Indonesia, that the survivors of terrorist attacks in Pakistan not only share their grief/feelings, but stand with them in support of any anti-terror activity that they do.
2. ASKOBI ASosiasi KOrban Bom terorisme di Indonesia (Association for Victims of Terrorism Bombings in Indonesia) has been formed to further the cause of survivors of terrorism in Indonesia, and after seeing the way the two days were organized we hope that they will be able to make a difference in the lives of the people of Indonesia.
2.1. The working discussion was titled: Preventing Terrorism with Building Care & Humanity.
2.2. The goal of the discussion was to prevent terrorism of all kinds & enable implementation of terrorism prevention by providing awareness for society on the impact of terrorism locally and internationally.
3. The program for the event is attached to this note.
4. The following comments are made about the activity:
4.1. The arrangements made by GSN to assist ASKOBI in launching ASKOBI by organizing the two day activity, and bringing survivors together were very well handled.
4.1.1. Carie Lemack was at hand to ensure that all things went according to plan and any difficulty was promptly sorted out. For this Carie Lemack ought to have more than accolades.
4.2. Meeting of team GSN, Carie (USA), Ashraf (Jordan), Ben (Australia), Agus, and Febby (Indonesia) and I, was good and emotional, and we all thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sharing our thoughts four months after the launch of GSN in Amman, Jordan.
4.3. The good points of the function were meeting the Bali, JW Marriott and other survivors and hearing their stories, and talking about what to do in the future to prevent or help victims and survivors.
4.4. The organizers had arranged for a TV host to be the MC for the first day, along with a gentleman who both knew how to engage the audience.
4.5. Bringing the students from the colleges and universities of Jakarta to the meeting the second day, was a good idea. They had the opportunity to hear firsthand the stories of the survivors, it was a heart warming, and moving thing. The students asked questions and made comments about their feelings. The discussion became emotional sometimes, but that was well controlled by the MC.
4.6. The audience used the free time during the coffee and lunch breaks to mingle with the organizers and survivors, and openly discuss the issues.
4.7. The ASKOBI team god good coverage in the local media, and the result was that a gentleman who was at Bali came to the meeting, and joined ASKOBI.
4.8. In one of the testimonial videos, a song by the number one pop singer of Indonesia was used as background music, he read of it on Twitter, and called the organizers and asked to be allowed to come and sing the song in person. This was well received and the students were greatly enjoyed this and sang along with the singer.
4.9. ASKOBI also arranged for a popular percussion instruments group of Indonesia to come and play after dinner on the first day, and this was very much appreciated by the audience, some of whom even tried their hand at playing the drums, much to the amusement of the others.
5. On the whole the ASKOBI event is another step in the global fight against terrorism, as ASKOBI along with the GSN, and the proposed Pakistan Network, will be Speaking Truth to Terror from more and more countries.
26 Feb 2010 Check in for Representatives of Victims from outside Jakarta
27 Feb 2010
08:30 – 09:30 • Welcome Address
• Opening Speech by Chairman of ASKOBI & GSN Representative
• Keynote Speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Marty Natalegawa
• Moment of Silence
• Launching of ASKOBI website by Mr. Marty Natalegawa
10:00 – 10:15 Presentation by ASKOBI to introduce background, who, program, message
10:15 – 11:00 How to deliver the ASKOBI message through Facebook
11:00 – 11:45 How to deliver the ASKOBI message through SMS
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch Time
13:00 – 13:45 How to deliver the ASKOBI message through Audiovisual Channels (TV/Radio)
13:45 – 14:30 Delivering ASKOBI message through Print Media (Magazine/Newspaper)
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:30 How to deliver the ASKOBI message through NGO’s
15:30 – 16:15 How to deliver the ASKOBI message thru Government Channels
19:00 – 21:00 Formal Dinner
28 Feb 2010
08:00 – 10:00 • Keynote Speaker by Insp. Gen. Police (ret.) Ansyaad Mbai, Head, Counter-Terrorism Coordinating Desk, Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.
• Sharing Experiences by the Victims to the students / youth Campaign thru Youth
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11-30 Closing Speech by Air Marshall (ret.) Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.