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Subject: Ltr from Amb. Holbrooke / 9-11 Peace Vigil / Eid Mubarak!
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Ltr from Amb. Holbrooke / 9-11 Peace Vigil / Eid Mubarak!
September 8, 2010
PAL-C Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA
Board of National Directors
Shoaib Kothawala Najeeb Ghauri Salim Adaya Dr. Salman Naqvi
Mossadaq Chughtai Pervaiz Lodhie Dr. Rafiq Rahman
Arif Mansuri Qaisar Madad Asim Ashary Nayyer Ali
Eid Mubarak from PAL-C!
Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum, Kul 3am wa antum bi'khair
May God accept the good deeds from us and from you,
May every year find you in good health!
Letter from Ambassador Holbrooke to the
[Editor's Note: The Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C) wanted to
pass along to our members the following letter from U.S. Special
Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke. PAL-C has
been working in very close coordination with the Special Representative's
office, efforts that Ambassador Holbrooke recognizes in this letter.
PAL-C staff has jointly worked on some of the initiatives described below in
an advisory and support capacity in meetings that often go late into the
night and we have been impressed with the hard work and dedication of the
Special Representative's office and their determination to get things right.
PAL-C has also been working with USAID and other US inter-agency teams that
have played a huge role in accomplishing Ambassador Holbrooke's statement,
"we want the U.S. to be the first with the most" in terms of assistance to
Pakistan and top USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah's statement that the U.S.
wants to help Pakistan, "build back better," using the 2005 earthquake as a
model where the U.S. was instrumental in constructing better
earthquake-resistant schools in the affected areas that were vast
improvements over the demolished structures.
Finally, PAL-C has a legislative strategy already in place in anticipation
of Congress returning from recess next week, and we hope to see the same
kind of Congressional leadership on flood relief already demonstrated by
Chairman Kerry in his trip to Pakistan and subsequent statements and
efforts. (PAL-C encourages members to express their gratitude to Senator
Kerry by calling his office
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Much more remains to be done, and PAL-C will need every American to step up
to the plate and assist us in our efforts to help the people of Pakistan by
extending a uniquely generous and helping American hand of support and
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Interfaith Peace Vigil
Private Sector Perspectives on Floods
US Companies Respond ($10.5 mln)
American companies are responding to the disaster relief effort with
corporate aid pledges, including cash, in-kind contributions,
employee-matching campaigns, and customer engagement.
"As the magnitude of this super flood is becoming apparent, the business
community is gearing up to see how we can help the country cope with the
immediate crisis and accelerate the recovery process," said Stephen Jordan,
executive director of the US Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership
Over the past five years, Pakistan has ranked as the third-largest overseas
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business community, after Haiti and China.
For a list of corporate responders, visit BCLC's Pakistan flood response
BCLC has activated the Office Depot Foundation-sponsored Disaster Help Desk
for Business (1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP, [log in to unmask]), which exists
to field inquires from donor companies about how to help in disaster
In cooperation with the US-Pakistan Business Council
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information-sharing conference calls, documenting corporate aid
contributions, and informing the public and relevant partners about the
current state of corporate disaster aid contributions. Find out more here
BMA's Pakistan Economic Impact Analysis
Please click on the images below to download the full BMA Economic Impact
"This is Pakistan's Katrina"
A call for help in flood-ravaged Pakistan
John Kerry, Boston Globe | August 17, 2010
THIS IS Pakistan's Katrina. I just returned from that country, where the
devastation created by the recent floods was gut-wrenching. Five years after
floods washed over the southern United States, Pakistan is suffering from an
epic disaster. And we turn away from Pakistan in its hour of need at our own
So far, the world isn't keeping up with the challenge. The United States
government is doing its part by leading international donor efforts with
$200 million so far, including money from the "Kerry-Lugar-Berman'' aid
package for Pakistan that Congress passed last year. Much more needs to be
done by foreign governments and private citizens alike.
The danger of the floods extends beyond a very real humanitarian crisis. A
stable and secure Pakistan, based on democracy and the rule of law, is in
all of our interests. Pakistan has made enormous strides in combating
extremism and terrorism - at great sacrifice by its soldiers, police, and
citizens. But its ability to keep up the fight requires an effective
response to this crisis.
To its credit, the Obama administration understands the need for a
multi-faceted approach. For the past year and a half, it has pursued a
policy that goes beyond traditional security issues. With the
Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package of $1.5 billion a year in civilian assistance
as the cornerstone, the administration has sought to help the Pakistani
people overcome the political, economic, and security challenges that
threaten Pakistan's stability and regional stability.
This is a long-term, people-to-people effort. The floods only raise the
stakes. Already, there are concerns that extremist groups will provide aid
to exploit the crisis and increase their influence over a vulnerable
We have to be strategic. First, we have to understand the limits of aid. US
assistance alone won't improve our image in the long run. While our standing
improved in Pakistan after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the effects were
temporary. A Pew poll taken before the floods showed only 17 percent of
Pakistanis view us favorably, and 59 percent described the United States as
an enemy. The good news is that 64 percent want better relations with us.
Second, we have to rethink how we communicate. Most Pakistanis receive their
news from Urdu-language TV or, for the displaced, from cell phones. We need
to target these media more effectively. We need a sophisticated
communications strategy tailored to specific audiences - such as lower- to
middle-class Punjabis, where the bulk of anti-American, anti-Indian, and
pro-Taliban rhetoric is centered; young people, particularly on university
campuses where radicalization takes place; and opinion makers in Lahore and
Karachi who drive the news cycle, particularly in local languages like Urdu
and Pashto. The message also matters; it must resonate with Pakistanis.
Finally, we have to be transparent about how we are spending money in
Pakistan and tailor our assistance to what Pakistanis want. They need to
feel tangible benefits from US aid and see that we are spending our money to
help them. Some remain suspicious of US efforts to channel money through the
Pakistani government, which they view as corrupt or inadequate.
We have an opportunity with the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package to improve
our long-term standing and make a real difference - if we communicate
effectively and spend efficiently. If we fail to reverse the tide of public
opinion, no amount of aid will succeed.
Pakistan's Katrina has put enormous pressure on the Pakistan government. It
will take years and billions of dollars to recover. By helping Pakistan do
it right, we can have a positive and lasting impact.
John Kerry is the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
PAL-C welcomes your feedback and strives hard to better serve the Pakistani
American community. Please feel free to give us your feedback on the
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