Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network

responsible advocacy

In Pakistan, terrorism has taken center stage. We are exposed to acts of terrorism in all its forms (bombings, rockets, suicide bombing, car bombs, IED's, firing), which have claimed thousand of lives, left many hundreds injured, and tens of thousands survivors left to wonder "why?" while many have been left psychologically traumatized for life, leaving in the wake families and loved ones to survive the passing away and getting traumatized by the violent event.

Additionally people who have themselves survived a terrorist attack are equally traumatized and fight to return to normal life, but they too have to fight it alone, with no supprt - psychological or otherwise - to help them return to life sooner, rather than later.

Globally people have come together to form support groups to help those who have survived acts of terrorism.

One such incident occurred on October 05, 2009, when at about 12:15 hours, a young man, dressed as a para-military soldier, walked into the supposedly highly secure head office of the United Nations World Food Program in Islamabad, Pakistan, and shortly thereafter, blew himself up (the wall clock stopped at 12:20:22 hours, perhaps chronicles the time of the blast). The blast resulted in the death of five UN WFP staffers, Gul Rukh Tahir, Farzana Barkat, Abdul Wahab, Abid Rahman, and Botan Ali Harawi (an Iraqi).

In the time since the attack, concerned friends, victims, survivors and the widower of Gul Rukh Tahir have taken up the cause of survivors of terrorism in Pakistan, and among other things are setting up the Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network, to highlight the life of Survivors of Terrorism.