Power holders of Aga Khan Health Service Pakistan and National Council based in Karachi have neglected Devastated IDPs, Members of the Community in Hunza

By: Moola Madad:

(Altit, Hunza-IDP Camp): The information filtered through various sources indicates that there has been a poor response on part of AKDN organizations to deal with the disastrous effects of Attabad, land sliding. It has been more than 10 months still people from Attabad, Sarat, Ayeenabad, Shiskat and parts of Gulmit are living in camps.

The most lethargic response has been said to come from Aga Khan Health Services ‘Pakistan (AKHS’P) who failed to render the immediately need requirements of the people of Attabad Disaster. In this regard the regional board of Aga Khan Health Services has shown it helplessness. When the matter has been further investigated it has been revealed that the Chairperson Dr. Samina and Dr. Rozina Mistri the Director of Aga Khan Health Service Resource Center (AKHSRC) have continuously creating hurdles to all programme that are intended to benefit  in general the poor people of Gilgit-Baltistan and particularly the IDPs of Attabad disaster.

Furthermore the role of Ismaili National Council has been very unsatisfactory to address the needs of hard hit community members of Attabad Disaster who are forced to live in shambles at IDP camps without proper care. A community members at Altit camp states that “we had always great hope with our institutions, however due to the lack of interest and inadequate response me and my family members (wife, two daughters and two sons) all under the age of 12 are forced to live in a single room for over 10 months”.

A women in her 30s stated that “ I do face sever health problems, I have a one year old son to be fed, but I cannot feed him properly and there is no appropriate service available for health care. My little son is getting weaker day by day”.

It is a highly apprehensive situation where it has been realized that the power holders of Ismaili Community based in South have completely ignored the devastation affected people of North of Pakistan.  

7 Responses to Power holders of Aga Khan Health Service Pakistan and National Council based in Karachi have neglected Devastated IDPs, Members of the Community in Hunza

  1. Ahmed Khan says:

    I visited myself to the Altit camp many times. I was invovled in negotiations with community inistitution. As a social worker of community from Hunza I am frustrated now with Jamati Instituions. Our regional based council, health service, and Education service are helpless. They depend on decision to National boards all of them based in Karachi and controlled by (Khowjas) community from south only. They are not interested in the problems and development of community of Gilgit-Baltistan.

    Mr. Moola Madad is right, after 10 months the poor IDPs (majority of them Ismailis) are suffering very harshly. There is no help from National Council in real terms.

    I think this sitution is going to create a major issue between the community as already there is a lot of mistrust between community of South and North.

    Ahmed Khan
    Social Worker from Hunza

  2. Zulfiqar Haider says:

    Well, this surely is a difficult situation, but we must review this situation from a slightly different angle. A Jamati member from Karachi told me that the His Highness was coming to Pakistan following the flood and demanded security, but our beloved president demanded money for the security and our His Highness had to cancel the trip. I don’t know how true this is, but it surely is something.
    Corruption is also a problem and is present in every single department and organization, whether its public or private. So we can expect any other Insitituion to be corrupt too, because we live under the same sky and follow the same system.
    The Jamat is also least concerned about this problem, because I saw more activity during the earthquake days in our JKs.
    Maybe there is a lack of resources; but the councils also need to bring down their expenses and save the much needed resources aimed at helping the needy.

    Thanks

  3. shahid misgari says:

    dear editor we r condemn this statement which u publish .we r not a political party we r valinter not a your employ to do as u wish.we proved AKDN and council they are our head and hand.sooooooo pl dont publish this type of statement

  4. M jan says:

    dear shaid sb, i agree ur statement Council and AKDN are our head and hand but the AKDN and council are not proper work in affected people of attabad and another place. our jamati institution least concernd about the our affected people.dear brother who is well know our problem they can feel,our instution can not intrested to help affected people. i think all worker are faild. 10 month very long period, the sitution is creat major issue i requested to our jamiti intution please solve our problem……….

  5. geo G says:

    yes, you are right Shahid…!! Agree with you

  6. I could not restrict my self from this critical issue. Being a responsible inhabitant of the region, I sometimes felt the within a half a year in the regional context especially, lack of capacity to deliver what the situation demands, effective and efficient administration in many departments both in Public and Private ones. I ask others why? I personally think, one of the reason behind is the placement of wrong person at a right job. I bewildered personally to see what is a standard process of recruitment, selection, training and development in Human Resource Management activities.Interestingly, those in key posts prefer their kiths and kin in the selection on paid jobs. Volunteering, which is a legacy of the people of this jamat especially that of followers of Ismaili faith have played their due role in all types of situation. Unfortunately, NGOs are now a days miss-using the term Term to exploit man power for 24/7. This may be the case with some of the AKDN institutions asin most of the cases we hear, for those with weak family background, who lack recommendations and favor of high ups the opportunities on paid jobs are scant.
    Nevertheless, I think, institutions are run by public and are either marveled by them or converse. We used to see things from a single dimension. Just observe it like an alien. It would be clear that we assumed these institutions as secret cow,”Muqadas Gai”. At the same time those who work in these NGOs are human beings and can go wrong. But it is the responsibility of intelligentsia, scholars, development professionals, human resource practitioners and journalists, economists, policy experts and others to discuss with them help resolve all issues facing this region. Moreover, grouping and infusion of politics though implicitly also a major contributor for poor performance to deliver.
    In the last not least, instead of politicizing the issue, we should cooperate with all AKDN institutions to tackle the issues as government has had little interest. These were the AKDN institutions which delivered a remarkable social change till the mid of first decade of this century, though currently least efficient.

  7. I could not restrict my self from this critical issue to say something over. Being a responsible inhabitant of the region, within a span of half a year in the regional context especially, I sometimes observed a lack of capacity to deliver what the situation demands, effective and efficient administration on part of departments both in Public and Private ones. I ask others why? I personally think, one of the reason behind is the placement of wrong person at a right job. I bewildered to see voilation of what is a standard process of recruitment, selection, training and development in Human Resource Management activities.Interestingly, those in key posts prefer their kiths and kin in the selection on paid jobs. Volunteering, which is a legacy of the people of this jamat especially that of followers of Ismaili faith have played their due role in all types of situation. Unfortunately, NGOs are now a days miss-using the term Term to exploit man power for 24/7. This may be the case with some of the AKDN institutions as in most of the cases we hear, for those with weak family background, who lack recommendations and favor of high ups the opportunities on paid jobs are scant.
    Nevertheless, I think, institutions are run by public and are either marveled by them or converse. We used to see things from a single dimension. Just observe it like an alien. It would be clear that we assumed these institutions as secret cow,”Muqadas Gai”. At the same time those who work in these NGOs are human beings and can go wrong. But it is the responsibility of intelligentsia, scholars, development professionals, human resource practitioners and journalists, economists, policy experts and others to discuss with them help resolve all issues facing this region. Moreover, grouping and infusion of politics though implicitly also a major contributor for poor performance to deliver.
    In the last not least, instead of politicizing the issue, we should cooperate with all AKDN institutions to tackle the issues as government has had little interest. These were the AKDN institutions which delivered a remarkable social change till the mid of first decade of this century, though currently least efficient.

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