|The nation paper-London:
Deputy high commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit has said that 90 per cent reconstruction work in quake-hit areas would be completed by 2009, adding that rehabilitation work is still going on and the victims of natural calamity still needs the support of people.
He has speaking at the fund raising dinner of Third World Solidarity held on Saturday at Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall to raise Funds for a school in village of Bagrool Bagh, Azad Kashmir. High Sheriff Dr Khalid Hameed, Anas Khales (consul general of Morocco), Deputy Mayor Waltham Forest Liaquat Ali, Editor in-chief of Nation & Kashmir News MSarwar, Cllr Mushtaq Lasharie,Cllr Christopher Buckmaster, Barrister Zareef Khan campaigner Richard Taylor, Cllr Mariane Alapini, Bollywood actor Harish Patel, and others were also present on the occasion.
Mr Basit said that Third World Solidarity deserved appreciation of people because they were working for a noble cause. “You know that the devastating earthquake of last year in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and NWFP caused much destruction.
Thousands of people lost their lives, millions were rendered homeless and hundred of buildings of schools, colleges, hospitals and government offices collapsed. The government of Pakistan took prompt action to deal with the situation arose because of natural calamity but international community, overseas Pakistanis and especially the people of this country generously contributed to relief effortd as well as reconstruction works.”
“You know that children were the worst sufferer of the natural calamity. Many schools were destroyed during the earthquake. The government is making all efforts to rebuild them but we should also contribute generously to those organizations and bodies who are making hectic efforts for reconstruction of schools, colleges and health units. I must appreciate the effort of Third world Solidarity and organizations like these need our full support.”
Speaking on the occasin,High Sheriff of London DrKhalid Hameed said,” One of the reasons of our problems lies in the fact that we did not pay much attention is a key to success in modern times but unfortunately we are not paying full attention to this important treasure of modern world. Education does not tell us about technology only but it also broadens the horizons of our minds besides helping us to grow intellectually. Without education and scientific research we cannot get a better status in the comity that we get education and develop an interest in search and technology. Since the Third World Solidarity is raising funds for an educational centre, it is very important that we generously contribute to this project and make education accessible to those who badly need it in quake-hit areas of Pakistan.” Cllr Christopher Buckmaster read out the message of Prince Charles on the occasion in which the Prince of Wales Said,” As I saw when I was in Pakistan recently, the massive earth quake near the border with India on 8th October last year was an appalling tragedy which resulted in death and suffering of an almost unimaginable scale. The enormity of the disaster was staggering. Of its victims more than 17,000 were children and many o the children who survived lost their parents, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors.”
“It was of some consolation that there was such a swift, generous and united response to the disaster from countries across the world. However, as my wife and I saw when we were in Pakistan, thousands of victims continue to struggle on a daily basis with the devastation caused by the tragedy have begun to the victims to show them that they are not forgotten.”
Speaking on the occasion, Cllr Mushatq Lasharie said that the Third World Solidarity was going to make a parliamentary group. “Our organization wants to focus on the issues of poverty and injustices. We shall continue fighting poverty from our platform besides helping humanity. This project is aimed at building a school in Bagrool Bagh village of children get education. This education would not confine to those children only but in reality it would brighten the lives of thousands families in the long run who are deprived of education.”
Cllr Mariane Alapini said that the Third World Solidarity had launched a very good project. “Nothing could be a better gift to children than education. It would not only improve their lives but help their society to develop as well with the knowledge that they would get at this school.”
Barrister Zareef Khan said that it was a matter of great joy that the Third World Solidarity had taken the responsibility to build the school in earthquake area. “I have been to those areas and know how badly the people of those areas suffered during the last year earthquake. It is our responsibility to contribute to the rebuilding not only those areas but shattered lives of people as well.” While highlighting the plight of quake affectees, Sahibzada Hayat Khan emphasized the need for continuous help to sufferers to overcome their grievances.
Sahibzada Hayat Khan presented a souvenir on behalf of his organization to Cllr Mushatq Lasharie in recognition of services rendered by him and his organization ‘Third World Solidarity’. The presentation was made collectively by Abdul Basit, Dr. Khalid Hameed,Deputy Mayor Cllr. Liaquat Ali, Cllr. Christopher Buckmaster, Cllr. Richard Sahibzada Hayat Khan and M.Sarwar, Chief Editor, Daily Nation.
The speeches were followed by a variety programme where prominent opera singer Suzana Clarke earned applause of audience by presenting her witching performance. Saira, Shaheen Khan, Ak Mishra and Mrs Mishra Also performed to make the event memorable. During a raffle draw, various prizes were awarded to the winners.