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Owning the city: good deed after the bad ones

Students of different universities and colleges painting barriers and cleaning up the litter.– Online Photo

ISLAMABAD: Civil Society members, students and other citizens of federal capital launched ‘Project clean up for peace’ campaign on Sunday and removed all the shells, stones and other waste material, which was thrown on the roads and green belts, during the protests.

Students of different educational institutions and civil society members reached different areas around the three cities of Pakistan (Islamabad, Karachi and  Lahore). They started collecting empty tear gas shells, stones, bottles, wrappers and other things.

Participants started their campaign from Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy at Aabpara and then started moving towards diplomatic enclave. They collected all kinds of garbage and litter.

Participants of the campaign also went inside the green belt and collected the garbage, especially plastic commodities because plastic doesn’t   decompose, even after hundreds of years.

They also went on the Service Road West of Sector G-5 and collected waste material.

Participants of the campaign reached a police check post which was burnt by the protesters near a five start hotel in G-5 and painted it. That place was one of the most effected area, because protesters spent over six hours there.

Organiser of the campaign, Farhan Rafi informed media persons that he was disappointed because protesters were damaging their own property.

Civil society activist and students undertook similar tasks demonstrating civic responsibility in major cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.–Photo by PPI

“I and my friends decided to launch a campaign to clean the city and for that we used social media to invite people. In just a few hours dozens of persons assured us that they will take part in the ‘Project clean up for peace’ campaign,” he said.

“We arranged buckets, brushes, gloves and other things for cleaning and reached different areas of the city and collected the garbage, etc,” he said.Riaz Ahmed another student said: “Islamabad is our city and we have to make sure that it should be clean and look beautiful. Our campaign might give awareness to the people who became violent and destroyed public property.”

“Every Muslim was angry and annoyed over making of the blasphemous movie but we should understand that by damaging property and closing the markets, we do our own loss and makers of the movie were not affected at all,” he said.

Spokesman of Traffic Police, Shams Gill while talking to Dawn said that students and civil society did a great job.

“I visited the area and observed that all the roads were clean. They also repaired the police check post and painted it, which the police department appreciated.

“If every person would realise his or her responsibility and follow the rules, there will be no problem in society,” he said.

Comments (39) Closed

Ghalib Khan
Sep 24, 2012 10:12am
Bravo, and thank you Dawn for posting it.
Sep 24, 2012 10:23am
yea this is the good sigh of hope but being an leader-less protesters, what they did on friday, made us the ashamed.
Tallat Azim
Sep 24, 2012 10:46am
Bravo! This is the response and healing touch needed
m. irfan hussain
Sep 25, 2012 06:56am
every educational institute should have to work for corporate social responsibility . this is our home land we all have to think for it. irfan
Syed Hussain
Sep 24, 2012 12:00pm
Masha Allah my fellow boys and my fellow girls.I have still hope that in a society where there are heroes like you can not be demolished. Despite the present situation when misleading clerics, heart breaking elites and perfectly corrupt higher authorities have brought all the darkness to Pakistan these youths are showing light to the nation . May God bless these young leaders of our future and of the future of Pakistan ! You have made Quaid-e-Azam happy in his place of eternal life.
Javed Qamer
Sep 24, 2012 02:28pm
After the great work done by the young adults of Pakistan. Maybe there is still hope for Pakistan. Well done
ayesha fayyaz
Sep 25, 2012 08:19am
great job. every nation should think like this.
Sep 24, 2012 07:44am
Great work. We all love you people.
Sep 24, 2012 11:38am
How many students or whoever participating in this cleanup activity are from madrasas? These kind of antics will only work in Munnabhai movies.
Sep 25, 2012 05:59am
Great job,such things will bring us close and make us more patriotic for our country and such contribution will work as a resistance against those who are sowing the seed of hate,Inshaa ALLAH success will be peace.
Sep 24, 2012 07:54am
gr8 job.. congrats to all the participants all the way from SWEDEN
Sep 25, 2012 05:24am
Great work, we are proud of you and are with you in your cause. This is the bright side of Pakistan and we need to encourage and strengthen it.
Sep 25, 2012 03:43am
Great work , I wish altleast just 1 person who cause this mess comes out and admitt his guilt
Mujahid Ali
Sep 24, 2012 08:33pm
You guys rock..We are proud of you!!
Mujahid Ali
Sep 24, 2012 08:35pm
yes this should be capitalized on all our national TV channels ..this is emerging Pakistan!
Sep 24, 2012 08:40pm
I just hope the entire nation comes out and join them. Now that would be a challenge !
Sep 24, 2012 08:46pm
Kudos to the younger generation of Pakistan. You guys are our future. Keep up the good work and make us Pakistanis living abroad proud.
Maryam Naseer
Sep 24, 2012 06:31am
Love you all.. This is the right way toward owning the country. I hope majority will work like this for the betterment of Pakistan.
mc duffy
Sep 24, 2012 09:46pm
havent u heard " every little helps"
Mukee Mayur
Sep 25, 2012 04:31am
Thank you Dawn for publishing it !!! I was also the part of this ... Feel Proud !!! :))
Sep 24, 2012 10:20am
We are proud of you,
Sep 24, 2012 10:32am
wow excellent,BRAVO for all those who participated in this campaign and who came up with this great idea,such deeds should be posted around d media for the foreigners to know that we ``Muslims`
ali naqash
Sep 24, 2012 02:39pm
great job
Sep 24, 2012 04:18pm
love you guys to bits. thank you for being the reason of tears of joy in my eyes!!
vijay chunchu
Sep 24, 2012 01:53pm
all the people who participated in the clean up are definately bound to cleanup the ignoranceand hatred inyour whole country hats off guys
Sep 24, 2012 10:58am
Gr8 Job everyone...We are pround of you. Keep it up
Nadia Shoaib
Sep 24, 2012 12:17pm
It was really great to see people taking responsibility to clean up the city and thus,giving us a feeling that they own it.Same would have followed all across Pakistan where angry mobs have played havoc with public & private property.We should understand that by being violent,we are giving a message to the world that their understanding of muslims as ignorant & violent people is correct.If we believe islam is a religon of peace then we must potray it in our conduct. Blasphemous film should be codemned in strongest possible sense but through peaceful means.
Sangat Singh
Sep 24, 2012 04:01pm
"Healing touch"! Well said, friend.
Sep 24, 2012 08:47am
Great Work - Salute !
Sep 24, 2012 12:19pm
I was really dejected by thr rioters but this is a silver lining. Was a wonderful gesture towards painting the police station. Would be even better to visit the injured police officers and try to help their families. This will resonate very positively within the police force and they will be more inclined to protect the people if they know that they and their families will be taken care off. Sadly none of this will be mentioned in the global media.
Sep 24, 2012 05:50am
An absolutely beautiful gesture! This is the way forward. God bless you all!
aftab alam advocate
Sep 24, 2012 03:48pm
it ended my disappointment from the youth
Agha Ata
Sep 24, 2012 01:25pm
OH MY GOD, I really hope this is the first spark of renaissance in Pakistan. :)
Sep 24, 2012 08:39am
Brilliant job, that's what we need there in back home, bless u all
Sep 24, 2012 06:54pm
WOW! for once in my life I feel some pride in reading a news about Pakistan. Keep up the great work.
Sep 24, 2012 08:31am
This is the way forward! After the pathetic display of actions for a few days,I can finally say there is still a lot of humanity still within Pakistan. Excellent work folks!
Sep 25, 2012 04:51am
Absolutely Wonderful !!! Please let me know how these guys can be reached.
Sep 24, 2012 09:10am
Brilliant guys!! your action has healed the recent wounds left by unruly protests. I was listening to a speaker in US yesterday and he mentioned some Quranic Aya's saying the best way to protest any sacrilegious act against the prophet is to follow his practice and increase ibaad'a.
Goga Nalaik
Sep 24, 2012 09:15am
Excellent initiative. Gives me reason to think that not everything is lost. Love and affaction to all those who participated in this green operation.