Dar seeks international help for rehabilitaion of IDPs, flood effectees

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Friday urged international community to join hands with the government and people of Pakistan for rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and also extend a helping hand for the flood affected.

“While the international community had an obligation to join hands with the Government and people of Pakistan for rehabilitation of the IDPs, they were also expected to extend a helping hand for the flood affected,” Dar said while chairing a meeting here at the Prime Minister’s office.

The meeting was convened to apprise prospective donors about the requirements for rehabilitation of flood affected and IDPs.

The Finance Minister drew the attention of the diplomatic corps,representatives of international agencies and development partners, attending the meeting towards the anti-terror action being taken in North Waziristan which alone was costing around US $ 2 billion.

He said a large number of people were affected in the area and had to leave their homes and hearths, adding to the overall number of IDPs in the country besides the thousands affected by recent floods in Punjab, AJK (Azad Jammu & Kashmir) and Gilgat Baltistan (GB).

Finance Minister said a multi sectoral initial rapid assessment (MIRA) report had already been prepared, giving an overview of the damages caused by the floods.

He said a proper transparent, accountable mechanism was in place to receive and disburse all kinds of assistance.

There would be an oversight committee including donors,representatives of international financial institutions and government officials to keep a check.

Source: APP