How does catastrophe look like? This question was asked by a child and
his mother just slightly smiled but question needs to be answered even I
myself cannot find the answer, yet. When we all are born, living in
catastrophe and have not been able to find its answer. Strange, maybe we
do not want to accept reality of catastrophe which leaves unending
sorrows behind while putting the lives on the ashes of death.
A mother that was incapable of answering her child about catastrophe.
Now, she can show the face of mayhem through Balochistan’s earthquake.
We journalists live in the world of news and know well that how
situation can be turned into its worst phase. News are coming and giving
facts regarding the damage in Balochistan due to earth quake.
Sometimes, one thing makes us speechless and in the inner you become
helpless, as it happened to me when I saw a picture of annihilated
mud-home and few children were leaving that home. Countless people have
become homeless. Perhaps, people can say that if you face catastrophe
then destruction becomes the destiny. It is very easy to say such kind
of words and for a while can give a pause to the criticism but pain of
homeless and loss can be felt by those whose souls have been injured.
While looking at the picture of damaged mud-house, I recalled my
memories, when a girl was weeping and asking that where is my home? Do
we have any home? Is our destiny in homeless? Constantly asking for
house, then she stopped weeping, took a deep breath and said you people
will never know the sorrow of being homeless. I do not know where is
that girl now? If she saw picture of destroyed mud house in Balochistan,
now she can surely say that homeless hearts know what the pain of being
homeless is! On the earth one thing you cannot compare that’s anguish,
hence sorrows have been walking in Balochistan but just now catastrophe
has shown the real picture of people living in Balochistan. Natural
disaster has done its work and snatched lives along their houses,
villages and cities.
None is able to stop the wave of nature but state ought to do practical
work, Balochistan is not untouchable province. It needs honest and
worthwhile work by ruling party. Baloch people are suffering and
especially children who are awfully affected.
How do they feel when they are not receiving relief fund because due to
absence of law and order situation around, international NGOs are
refrained from going to Balochistan, according to the report? What’s the
hell! Which type of law and order is being talked of? When your
province has lost its villages where the damage live on, how do you see
the existence of law and order on the dead-bodies.
So, government must
wake up and stop giving lame excuses. Many dead bodies buried without
their shrouds. Ruling party PML-N pretends to be the powerful government
that even cannot provide shroud to their bodies. And we do keep hopes
alive that government will help them.
However, are we senseless? Since people know rich rulers never help
them. Balochistan has faced powerful struck earthquake but Mr. Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif is on his foreign trip, Oh I meant it can be said
the ostensible foreign trip for democracy.
When rulers would be asked
about the nation, a nation that is crossing the line of disaster and
their government is following three best steps of ignored-policy known
as “Don’t see, Don’t Listen, Don’t Speak” then all matters will be fine.
Of course, it is for rulers, not for the people. While enjoying
democratic trip, Mr. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must know that Baloch
people have lost everything in earthquake. Sadly, What Mr. Nawaz Sharif
is laughing for? How could he smile on his trips when people are dying
and becoming homeless?
I think, Mr. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif does not know about facial
language of Diplomacy, if anyone’s country has serious loss and the
damage, its rulers do not live smile on Media, nor turn their faces
gloomy either. But one should be balanced in having gesture as
Facial-Diplomacy leaves message to the world and Prime minister Nawaz
Sharif Sb. was passing smiles that means he is no longer worried for his
If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had known the art of Facial-Diplomacy as
Bhutto(s) knew and knows it well. Government’s performance is very poor
in Balochistan, people have pretty idea that in the disaster of
Balochistan, country rulers would ask the world for funds. Are the
rulers (they) are the merchants of catastrophe? However, if Pakistan’s
assemblies rich ministers, politicians, businessmen and lords put hands
in their pockets and take out money for Balochistan, even money must be
utilized honestly for the recovery of ongoing damages in Balochistan
then government may not need any funds from foreign countries.
Bitter truth is that rich people seems poorest to help their people. Who
will give money to affectees? None! In fact, merchants of catastrophe,
they need such kind of incidents when their corrupt hands can collect
more money. Government would ask for funds later funds go into their
invisible boxes but hardly money can be used for people. After sometime,
common people will collect bricks and start building their damaged and
Think for those who lost their families and homes, now living across the
road-side who will give them home? I would leave this question for my
dear people. We have homeless hearts, they are sleeping on the road
while looking at the sky, and the sky may whisper that do not worry if
people of the world do not give you shelter, my huge shelter is always
here for you and someone might drop tears from his/her eyes, when they
have no more even mud house and become homeless, their lives on the
road. So, catastrophe actually looks like them whose lives become
homeless. Isn’t it?
Balochistan-Earthquake: Homeless hearts know what pain is all about! published in The Frontier Post on 09-29-2013