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Pakistan has had one of the most turbulent histories of all the South Asian countries.
Two of the most notable disasters have been the Afghan war in 1985 when almost 3 million Afghan refugees fled to Pakistan, and the ongoing violence from the Kashmir dispute.
On 8th of October 2005 an earthquake struck the northern region of Pakistan. Uncompromisingly destructive, it wreaked devastating havoc, killing over 70,000 people, injuring another 70,000 and leaving 3.2 million homeless. The ruined roads and infrastructure and the mountains of rubble meant relief organisations were met with a daunting challenge.
Established in 1985, in response to the great need for aid in the Afghan refugee camps, Muslim Aid’s Pakistan liaison office has played a crucial role, not only in the provision of relief for refugees, but also in the opening of schools and dispensaries in refugee camps.
The liaison office was upgraded to a fully equipped field office in 2005 in response to the earthquake. It now has 31 full-time staff members. Muslim Aid is present in all four provinces of Pakistan and Azaad Jammu & Kashmir, including Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Charsadda, Bagh, Pishin and Dadu.
Around 41 Muslim Aid projects operated in pakistan by 2011, 39 of which were implemented directly.
A 20 bed field hospital with six doctors was established as a response to 2010 floods for people exposed to water borne and other diseases, as well as for those recovering from outbreaks.
Following the flood, construction of a model village started in Gandawali, Mianwali in February 2011, in order to help those affected to rehabilitate and reconstruct their lives. Now the project has expanded to other affected districts as well and currently, construction of 3249 shelters is underway.