Private Industry Association Helps the STP Fire Victims

Press Release: 14 September 2017 Islamabad
Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) has been working round the clock to assist and help the companies whose business was affected by the fire that engulfed the Software Technology Park (Awami Markaz) on 10 September 2017.
Chairman P@SHA Barkan Saeed was at the site on Sunday to assess the damage and start business recovery works; he said “We are saddened to witness the devastating fire at Software Technology Park (Awami Markaz) Islamabad and of the tragic loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the affected. We the private industry Association will do everything to ensure the business does not suffer”

The fire destroyed/ affected offices of 33 IT & ITES companies at the STP on Sunday including

  1. AFI Solutions
  2. AKSA – Software Development Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
  3. Al Hazen Technologies
  4. APEX (Pvt) Ltd.
  5. Arkotech Corporation
  6. Communication Square (Pvt) Ltd
  7. Croem Pakistan
  8. Cube-Tire Solutions
  9. Developers Desk
  10. Digital Processing Systems
  11. EPZA
  12. Fliegen IT Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
  13. Glow Consultants (Pvt) Ltd
  14. Innvente Software Development Solution
  15. Knowledge Platform (Pvt) Ltd
  16. Locopixel (Pvt) Ltd
  17. Mobi Direct
  18. NDS Technologies
  19. Netzline Technologies (Pvt) Ltd
  20. NTTFU (Mo Comm)
  21. Ora Zone
  22. Ora-Tech Systems (Pvt) Ltd
  23. OUTPOST – Information Systems and Technology Services
  24. Pay Tech (Pvt) Ltd
  25. PlanetBeyond Pakistan
  26. QP Crop
  27. Smart-IS (Pvt) Ltd
  28. Techlogix (Pvt) Ltd
  29. Tehnosol (Pvt) Ltd
  30. Think Technology Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
  31. Viper Technology (Pvt) Ltd

An estimated 1000 people who worked in these offices are affected; the property destroyed has been valued at over PKR 617 million while combined annual export revenue of these companies was approximately USD 10 million.
To provide immediate relief to the affected companies P@SHA has provided the following

  1. Free office space of 150 seats/ workstations from PTCL at their Zero Point office
  2. Free office space offered by NUML university
  3. Free and priority shifting installation of High-speed internet connectivity by Nayatel (to a relocated office or home from where the employees are working temporarily)
  4. Employees working from home will be given free 10Mbps 100GB connections for a month from NayaTel
  5. Free hardware from Viper Technologies (servers, PCs, Workstations)
  6. Free two-month internet for employees working from home by PTCL
  7. Discounted data centre and cloud services by PTCL
  8. Free space offered by IT & ITES companies in Islamabad

The IT & ITES industry has set an exemplary precedent of coming together and helping each other in the face of adversity. Companies who in instances are business competitors have opened their doors to accommodate the fire affectees, ensuring business continuity and mitigating loss. Compelling scenes of compassion and generosity can be seen across the IT & ITES community of Islamabad. P@SHA is proud to be the representative of this extraordinary industry and the remarkable people who form it.