(Newsdesk) Following their own 2005 earthquake, Pakistan knows well what Nepal is experiencing right now, and what to expect. The Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) has launched a help appeal already joined by the Pakistan Alpine Club.
Karrar Haidri, member of the Pakistan Alpine Club and Explorersweb contributor in Islamabad forwarded the following letter sent a few hours ago by ACP President Manzoor Hussain to Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association in Kathmandu:
Dear Mr President
We, in the Alpine Club of Pakistan are extremely shocked and grieved to learn about the horrific Earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday devastating Kathmandu and surrounding valleys and wreaking havoc to life, property and historical sites. We are also distressed to learn of the fatalities at the Mt Everest base camp, and on other mountain slopes due to huge avalanches triggered by the Earthquake.
We are worried about our Nepalese friends and mountaineers, employees of various tour operation companies and for all other foreign mountaineers who are up on the high mountains in the earthquake affected area. I hope and pray that all is well with Nepal Mountaineering Association, its members and property. We pray for the safety and well being of all the mountaineers and their safe return back home. Efforts to evacuate them today through continuing helicopter sorties are gratifying. The aftershocks, some of severe intensity, which continue to hit the already devastated area, are disturbing.
Having suffered through the phenomenal earthquake that struck Northern Pakistan and Kashmir in October 2005 resulting loss of more than 75,000 lives we can well appreciate the horrors and sufferings caused by this high magnitude earthquake.
On behalf of all members of the Alpine Club of Pakistan and on my behalf, I wish to convey you and members of the Nepal Mountaineering Association our profound condolences on this large tragic of loss of life. We condole with the victims of this massive Earthquake and sympathies with their families. In this hour of crises, tragedy and sufferings of our Nepalese friends, Alpine Club of Pakistan wishes to convey our fullest support and solidarity with them and pray for their safety and security. We also pray for the well being of the survivors and for the early recovery of all those injured in this devastating natural calamity. I am certain that blessed with high optimism and spirit, and bravery of its people, Nepal shall be able to overcome this disaster soon.
Government of Pakistan has already despatched four military aircrafts loaded with search, rescue and medical teams, and relief material to Kathmandu today to participate in the relief operations. These teams are well trained and well equipped. More relief material is also on its way.
Alpine Club of Pakistan shall endeavour to provide requisite support, within our possible means, to Nepal Mountaineering Association for the earthquake victims. Besides, ACP will join relief efforts being launched by the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA), for which an appeal has already been launched by the Association.
Wishing you all safety and security against the natural calamities.
Manzoor Hussain Lt Col (Retd)
Alpine Club of Pakistan
8, Jinnah Stadium,
Pakistan Sports Complex
Kashmir Highway, (near Abpara)