By Sikander Hayat
Today is 14th of August, the day when in 1947 Pakistan won its independence from Britain. 64 years have passed and Pakistan has made a lot of progress in all fields of life. Today should have been a day when Pakistanis felt happy but floods of a magnitude not seen in Pakistan’s history since 1908 have made this
day a day for contemplation instead of celebration. There are millions of people on the move in Pakistan who have lost their homes in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. Pakistan is facing unprecedented hardship at this moment in time and they require all the help they can get from the wider world.
This was the harvest time in Pakistan but rising waters did not give anyone a chance to salvage anything, the lucky ones barely escaped with their lives. Pakistan is the gift of Indus just as the Egypt is the gift of Nile but this time Indus is angry. At its widest, the river banks have swollen upto 20 kilometres with forecasters saying that next three weeks are very dangerous indeed.
Pakistanis in all regions have been equally effected which is hampering any effort inside Pakistan to mount a rescue mission like the one seen after the Azad Kashmir earth quake. On that occasion disaster area although large but confined to northern Pakistan. The sheer scale of disaster this time has made everyone in the country go numb and everyone is still trying to come to terms with the scale of death, destruction & displacement. In the areas where water is stagnant now, people are facing death by cholera and other water carried diseases. May the God help them in this hour of pain and misery but all this makes a very sad Independence Day indeed.
1. Pakistan Floods - Thousands Dead, Millions Displaced
2. Pakistan Floods Update
3. Poor Indian Flood Victims Face Caste Discrimination