Pakistan urges UN to expand aid for IDPs

ISLAMABAD: While Pakistan has not made a fresh request to the United Nations and the rest of the international community for the provision of assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency, it has requested the world body to extend its ongoing operations in the north-west to facilitate the IDPs. In this regard, the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) has written a letter to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), requesting the UN humanitarian agency to extend its humanitarian assistance already being provided to the 930,000 IDPs of the previous emergencies to the NWA IDPs, it has been learnt. Responding to the request, the UN has extended its humanitarian operations for the NWA IDPs, with three UN agencies; World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) mainly engaged in the provision of humanitarian assistance to the IDPs in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat and other parts.

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