Marriott Blast Jolted IT Companies as Well

Unfortunately, Pakistanis had to bear Marriott’s blast on Saturday evening, which not only left physiological impact on Pakistani, but it affected our economy as well. This mishap also arose various questions pointing towards the flaws that our system has within it. In this post, I may not discuss all of them, but my focal point would encircle only the jolts that IT industry felt very severely.

Evacuee Trust Complex aka STP2 (Software Technology Park), is just adjust to Marriot Hotel, Islamabad. This five floored building is home place for a large number of software houses, banks, Multinational firms and even the head office of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom.

The burst of 1 ton explosion was less than 1000 meters away from STP2 complex; hence caused serious damages to building.

Until now, media has been neglecting this damage that struck STP2 building, leaving it not a viable place to work for IT professionals (until it gets repaired). Thankfully it was a Saturday eve (normally a holiday), otherwise the dead toll may have gone exponentially high. Even now, around 6-10 deaths and 20+ injured are reported in STP2.

Future of these IT businesses is still uncertain, as professionals are being shifted or they are asked to work from their homes. Defiantly not an ideal situation to have…!

I was thinking what can we do in such circumstances? Are we left with multiple options? If not, then let’s join our hands together and help each other.

It has been reported that at least 100 companies are affected and urgently looking for alternate space. Some companies are:

LMKR
Siemens
MOTOROLA
Mondo, GEO PAQ
OVEX Technologies
Microsoft
BrightSpyre
Ministry of IT
PSEB
Bentley
PRAL
Inbox
CISCO
Pakistan Tobacco company and others

PSEB and [email protected] are on the scene and helping IT businesses to get their (temporary) offices. So, if you have some space available to offer to these IT companies, please contact PSEB or PASHA members.

Please share your views? What steps should be taken NOW? How to fight this evil of terrorism?

Also how these continuous economical attacks can be fought? If you were a victim of this attack, in any way, what steps your company has taken to ensure your safety?

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • touqir

    I work for Touchstone Communication which is located on the 2nd floor ETC and is one of the offices that sustained heavy damage as a result of marriott blast. It was sad to see the media focusing on the damage caused to other buildings such as frontier house and supreme court but no substantial coverage was given to the destruction in Evacuee trust. While its tragic that lives were lost in the ETC building and ofcourse at marriott that day, I’m glad it was a day off for most people working at ETC. My company has resumed operations at a rented space in TF complex. It would be nice if someone could keep us updated as to where have other companies relocated ..i heard from a friend that ovex tech has moved to their very congested Blue area office. Allah help pakistan and I pray things return to normal really soon at ETC.

  • i have a sppare room in my apartment to rent out.
    can i call for an RFP for that from these IT companies as well?
    P.S: Attached bathroom :D

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