UN to help generate aid for NWA IDPs





ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, US Department of State, on Friday said that that the United States will work with the UN and the international community to mobilize funds and aid for IDPs. The Ambassador said this during a meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar. She also said that we would cooperate with Pakistan for development of the areas of operation in order to resettle the IDPs back to their lands. During the course of the meeting, federal minister informed the Ambassador about the status of Internally Displaced Persons from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and the assistance, Government of Pakistan is providing to the IDPs. He said that around Rs.8 billion have been provided by the Federal Government so far and all efforts will be made to facilitate the IDPs during the operation and their rehabilitation later. He also mentioned about cooperation on Kuram Tangi Dam which will be helpful for provision of water to the people of Waziristan. The minister also acknowledged and appreciated the US support on the Dasu Hydropower Project at the World Bank meeting. Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, US Department of State mentioned that as per desire of both the countries education, science and technology, higher education, technical training have been added as another subject/area in the strategic dialogue between the two countries. She informed that the US is looking forward to hosting International Investment Conference on Diamer Basha Dam in Washington DC at the time of autumn meetings of the World Bank and IMF when there is abundance of Banking and Investment sector presence.

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