With much pain, I have been reading about the natural disaster befallen on the beautiful valley of Gojal and on its very resilient population. I just want to express my deep admiration for the people of Gojal for the way in which they have risen to this abrupt life crisis. While they mourn the loss of life and are saddened with the destruction of their property and source of livelihood, they have demonstrated remarkable resilience and optimism to reconstruct their future. The verse of Ijaz Karim’s Urdu poem is a testimony to this optimism.
I not only have very good friends among Gojalis, but also a fond memory of the support and respect extended to me by the entire community during my professional work there a decade ago. I can only pray from the depth of my heart may Allah, the Merciful grant them strength to face this great challenge of life.
Dr. Mir Baiz Khan (Toronto, Canada)
Editor’s note: Dr. Khan was the first Principal of AKHSS – Gilgit. He belongs to Chitral.