NDMA, Swiss Em­bassy launch book fea­tur­ing sto­ries of Pakistanis

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity (NDMA), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with UNFPA and the Em­bassy of Switzer­land, launched a cof­fee ta­ble book at the Swiss am­bas­sador's res­i­dence in Is­lam­abad on Fri­day.

Ti­tled 'A Jour­ney through Re­silient Pak­istan,' the book fea­tures sto­ries and pho­tographs of ex­tra­or­di­nary Pakistanis who showed lead­er­ship in cri­sis sit­u­a­tions and re­silience in the face of dis­as­ters.

Wel­com­ing the guests at his res­i­dence, Am­bas­sador of Switzer­land to Pak­istan Thomas Kolly lauded the ef­fort to doc­u­ment such sto­ries. "Ev­ery pic­ture of this book shares a story of ded­i­ca­tion, in­spi­ra­tion and re­silience of Pak­istani peo­ple," Am­bas­sador Kolly said. He also spoke about the ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pak­istan and Switzer­land in the field of Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment.

Chair­man NDMA Lt. Gen­eral Omar Mehmood Hayat said, "These re­mark­able sto­ries will serve as an in­spir­ing re­minder of how in­di­vid­u­als can make a dif­fer­ence and how in the face of even some of the most daunt­ing chal­lenges, courage and lead­er­ship can pave the way to greater peace and progress."

Au­thor of the book Bi­lal Agha said the sto­ries would take the read­ers out of their com­fort zone. "It will in­tro­duce them to those ex­tra­or­di­nary Pakistanis who have faced dis­as­ters and catas­tro­phes and women who have stood against the tribal and feu­dal sys­tems still preva­lent in our so­ci­ety to play lead­er­ship roles. All these unsung he­roes have re­built their lives and con­trib­uted to the so­ci­ety as agents of change."

A short doc­u­men­tary on the book was also aired for the au­di­ence.

A num­ber of diplo­mats in­clud­ing am­bas­sadors, high com­mis­sion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UN bod­ies, and govern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the event. - NNI

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