Archive for April, 2010

survivors project by italian photo-journalist

April 11, 2010

dear friends

i met with marco bottelli, an italian photo journalist today, and we talked about terrorism, victims and survivors.

while we both, like all of you and many others, wish that there be no more terrorism / victims / survivors in pakistan, or anywhere else, we also know that this is a far cry.

to highlight the situation in pakistan, marco bottelli has undertaken a project to show how the survivors are coping with their loss and what effects the loss of a loved one to terrorism are having on their day to day life.

i would like to reach you to come forward and share your feelings with marco, and i am sure that talking about this, by you and your family members, will also be a part of the healing process. i will be willing and glad to act as a facilitator / helper in these interactions, or you may like to talk to him alone.

please feel free to contact marco direct on the "to" address, or through me, and i’ll be glad to put you in touch.

also please circulate this mail to your known survivor or interested contacts so that this work may get some publicity and we may be able to reach more people to show the terrorism has to end, we are not cowed down by these acts, only our resolve to ‘speak truth to terror’ is strengthened.

thank you in advance


moon market lahore, global survivors network news stories

April 9, 2010

6 months remembrance meet – un wfp islamabad bombing

April 9, 2010

no comment is the best comment – on the way un-wfp handled the 6 month of the blast remembrance meeting today – suffice to say it lasted a full 17 minutes!

moon market lahore activity on 30 march 2010

April 1, 2010

pictures uploaded to facebook group ‘global survivors network’

cheers, its over and went rather well, better then i expected!!

the ceremony started with a recitation of the holy quran, followed by a few words from me, and then rao mubarik ali, the chairman of the association spoke for a few long minutes.

rana azhar abbass, rao mubarik ali and i then pulled the cloth to unveil the monument.

the tv crew then made me say a minute worth of what all was happening, followed by a live telecast of my interview with city tv 42. and tea and snacks, which were eaten as if people were hungry after the speeches!

i was interviewed by express news (tv), city tv 42, daily times, the news (english newspapers), and jang (urdu newspaper).

in addition i talked to about 20 people who stopped to ask what was going on there.

post event:

rao mubarik, and rana azhar were all apologies for the mix-up cum flap and for not coordinating the activity etc., etc., which is nice of them, actually they were not expecting such a large media turn over, or that it would be a crowd puller! so they realized an opportunity lost, because of their inability to anticipate and counter
the oppositions action.

people wise, there were about 50 from the market, about 20+ media, university people 10, peace activists, civil society members, and over 300 people walking about stopped and saw what was happening. on the whole, it was well worth the time spent and nails bitten, and the final almost cardiac when we were still haggling at 3 pm, with just about two hours to go for the bang!!

thank you all for the prayers, crossed fingers, and good wishes that you sent our way. may allah bless us all, make us happy, safe, and help us in our work – aamen