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DIVINE WRATH Strikes Pakistan & India
10 Oct 2005
DIVINE WRATH Strikes Pakistan & India In Retribution for Their Collaboration with the Evil Usraeli Terror-Empire
DIVINE WRATH Strikes Pakistan & India In Retribution for Their Collaboration with the Evil Usraeli Terror-Empire



10 Oct 2005

Pakistan pleads for aid as quake toll climbs
7.6-magnitude temblor kills 20,000-30,000 people across south Asia





Updated: 6:37 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2005
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan - Rescuers struggled to reach remote, mountainous areas Sunday after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake wiped out entire villages, buried roads in rubble and knocked out electricity and water supplies. The death toll stood at 20,000 and was expected to rise.

In this devastated Himalayan city, wounded covered by shawls lay in the street, and villagers used sledgehammers to break through the rubble of flattened schools and homes seeking survivors.

The magnitude-7.6 quake collapsed the city’s Islamabad Public School. Soldiers with white cloth tied around their mouths and noses pulled a small girl’s dust-covered body from the ruins, while the body of a boy remained pinned between heavy slabs of concrete.

The United Nations said more than 2.5 million people need shelter after the magnitude-7.6 earthquake along the Pakistan-India border. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Relief said it urgently needed 200,000 winterized tents.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf complained of a shortage of helicopters needed to ferry in relief workers, food and medical supplies, and appealed for international help.

Bush pledges assistance
In Washington, President Bush said eight U.S. military choppers were being moved to help in rescue efforts, and he promised financial assistance. India, which has fought three wars with Pakistan, also offered assistance, as did Israel, which has no relations with the Muslim nation.

Bush said he spoke with Musharraf and “told him that we want to help in any way we can.”

“Thousands of people have died, thousands are wounded, and the United States of America wants to help,” Bush said from the Oval Office.

“We are handling the worst disaster in Pakistan’s history,” chief army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said.

The quake was felt across a wide swath of South Asia from central Afghanistan to western Bangladesh. It swayed buildings in the capitals of three nations, with the damage spanning at least 250 miles from Jalalabad in Afghanistan to Srinagar in northern Indian territory.

In Islamabad, a 10-story building collapsed, killing at least 24 people.

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Late Sunday, helmeted rescuers found a survivor after hearing his cries for help. The thin man in a blue shirt, looking dazed, emerged on his own with little help and stood in front of a crowd of cheering onlookers. One rescuer patted his head, and the man waved and pumped his fist in the air.

Pakistan said the death toll ranged between 20,000 and 30,000. India reported more than 600 dead, and Afghanistan said four were killed.

“We have enough manpower but we need financial support ... to cope with the tragedy,” Musharraf said in Rawalpindi, according to the state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan.

He also appealed for medicine and tents.

Musharraf told the British Broadcasting Corp. he knew of as many as 20,000 people killed, and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told CNN about 43,000 people were injured.

Musharraf said the only way to reach many far-flung areas was by helicopter because roads were impassable.

“Our helicopter resources are limited,” he told the BBC. “We need massive cargo helicopter support.”

Northern Pakistan hardest-hit
Most of the devastation occurred in northern Pakistan. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 60 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad, in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir.

“I have been informed by my department that more than 30,000 people have died in Kashmir,” Tariq Mahmmod, communications minister for the Himalayan region, told The Associated Press.

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What a crazy title
10 Oct 2005
The title for your article is just off. Yes, the US has supported the Israeli atrocities in Palastine but it is ridiculous to think that God has puished innocent people, who have litle control of their government, for Pakistan's close but strained relationship with the US.
Reality is waiting for you, please join it.
Re: DIVINE WRATH Strikes Pakistan & India
10 Oct 2005
Sure the Zionist crusader state sends aid. They saw how Bush's pathetic responce to Katrina hurt his political standing. There was even someone fired, which is hardly ever seen in America the controled. The Zionist crusaders sure as hell don't want the puppet khan of pakistan to get the axe (pun intended).
Re: DIVINE WRATH Strikes Pakistan & India
10 Oct 2005
Bush sent eight helicopters. Wow! with 5 million destitute Pakistanies, that is 1 helicopter for every 650000 destitute pakistanies. Wow! Ain't that something?

But at least Bush got a photo op that gives the impression that he is sending aid. But with 1 helicopter for every 650,000, the aid seems nothing BUT a photo op for Bush. And you can bet the Pakistani people will see it that way as they starve or freeze to death.

Oh, we gots lots and lots of helicopters to kill Iraqis, but when it comes to saving people...