Disaster Management Regime in Pakistan
Aftab H. Wahla
Disasters are inevitable. They are bound to strike in every country or region in the world. We cannot preemptively eliminate the ever-looming threats of devastations and destruction. What matters the most is the effectiveness of the disaster management system of the affected country. The way a state prepares for the disaster, responds to the calamity, mobilizes resources to mitigate its impacts, helps the affected communities recover from post-disaster traumas and assists the calamity-stricken people in rebuilding their lives, determines the overall quality of its disaster management system. By dint of geographical, socioeconomic and demographic factors, Pakistan is one of the most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world. This vulnerability warrants thorough discussion vis-à-vis the institutional capacity of Pakistan to effectively cope with various kinds of natural and manmade hazards.
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