At around 8:52 am (Pakistan Standard Time) disaster struck Pakistan’s northern areas. A massive earthquake (currently estimated at 7.6 on the Richter scale) centred about 60 miles northeast of Islamabad in Pakistani-held Kashmir severely rocked surrounding areas and jolted cities as far as Multan, Kabul and Delhi.
Most of the roads in this mountainous northern area are blocked with landslides and right now it is impossible to estimate the enormity of the human loss. Early reports indicate that Muzafarabad, Mansehra and the Hazara areas have been badly devastated. BBC has reported the heartbreaking death of 400 hundred schoolchildren in Mansehra district. In the capital Islamabad the collapse of a 10-storey apartment block has only added further horror to the calamity.
UAE, Turkey, UK and France have already sent plane loads of aid and specialist teams to assist Pakistan. At the same time George W. Bush has pledged the incredible sum of US$ 100,000. God bless the retard!
The only other sour note in this moment of national sorrow was caused by Musharraf’s spokesman, General Shaukat Sultan. The general appeared on Pakistan TV News to inform the nation that while thousands of civilians had perished in the earthquake he wished to let us know that some 200 army men had sadly been ‘martyred’ (shaheed) in the tragedy as well.
It might have been a Freudian slip but the general's words clearly suggest that while us humdrum civilians die ordinary deaths, Khaki-clads can only perish through martyrdom.
What utter drivel!