| by Rizwan
12 Oct. this morning, it was the first truck load of relief goods
that reached Paniolla, a small town about 12 km from Rawalakot
in Pakistani held Kashmir. Hundreds of desperate people gathered
around the truck and some people even tried to snatch things.
For them, it was very late as earthquake hit on morning Oct.8.
The truck having goods worth half million rupees was sent from
Lahore. There were three volunteers with the goods and Nisar Shah,
LPP chairperson, was the fourth one who came to Rawalpindi from
Paniolla to join and assist.
Mostly tents and blankets were distributed there and now many
people are staying in those tents. Due to unavailability of tents
in Lahore markets, these 25 tents were made available at a short
notice. The speaker of Pakistani held Kashmir’s Assembly
was there but with out any thing to offer to the affected people.
He admitted regarding situation in Paniolla “my government
failed but Labour Party Pakistan succeeded”. People of the
town appreciated the effort, they were very happy. There was some
food available in Paniolla so food items were not distributed
and truck went to Bagh, a town badly affected by the earth quake.
Although aid work has begun but there is a severe shortage of
food there. Food was distributed mostly in Bagh. Another truck
having goods is on the way to the affected area of Balakot, also
an area badly affected in NWFP province. Third one will be sent
on October 13. (Report is based on telephonic conversation with
volunteers in Paniolla.) *Labour Relief Campaign is an initiative
by Labour Party Pakistan, Labour Education Foundation, Women Workers
Help Line and the National Trade Union Federation.
How to donate money
LABOUR EDUCATION FOUNDATION A/C No. 01801876 BANK ALFALAH LTD.,
LDA PLAZA, KASHMIR ROAD, LAHORE, PAKISTAN Route:
Please advise and pay to Citi Bank, New York, USA Swift
CITI US 33 for onward transfer to BANK ALFALAH LTD., KARACHI,
PAKISTAN A/C No. 36087144 and for final transfer to BANK ALFALAH
LTD., LDA PLAZA, KASHMIR ROAD, LAHORE, PAKISTAN Swift: ALFHPKKALDA
for A/C No. 01801876 OF LABOUR EDUCATION FOUNDATION.
Medicines and food can be sent to: Labour Education Foundation,
Sufi Mansion, 7 Edgerton Road, Lahore, Pakistan. Tel: 0092 42
6303808, Fax: 0092 04206271149Labour Party Pakistan, 40 Abbot
Road, Lahore, Pakistan Tel: 92 42 6315162