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Pakistan needs $ 2.2bn for rehabilitation of IDPs, says Qureshi.

NOWSHERA, June 12, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan needs 2.2 billion US dollar for rehabilitation of swat affectees adding that, illegal flow of arms and weapons would have to be stopped to win war against terrorism in Pakistan. Talking to media men during visit to Jalozai camp established near Peshawar for the internally displaced Persons of Malakand Division, the foreign minister said, Government of Pakistan has started negotiation with donors countries to achieve target of amount for the rehabilitation of Swat affecters. He said he has also held talks with head of UN agencies in Pakistan and informed them about the needs of Pakistan for relief and rehabilitation of IDPs. The Foreign Minister went on to say that US gave $ 300 million and $ 110 million by Turkey during Turkish Foreign Minister recent visit to Pakistan while the international community has been mobilized for the help of IDPs. He said donor agencies and UN bodies have stock till July and if the supply did not resume then they can face inconvenience but Government of Pakistan would fulfil the requirements of IDPs through its own resources. We can reduce our development budget and we can reduce our expenditure but IDPs would not be disappointed, he said. All resources would be utilized for rehabilitation of IDPs, he said, adding that, returning of IDPs would be ensured in phase wise after revival of civil administration in Swat and other war affected areas. IDPs have rendered sacrifices for better future of Pakistan, he said. He said the while nation stands united to help IDPs. He said he along with President Asif Ali Zardari is going to Brussels on June 17 for participation in EU summit and there we would also raise the issue of IDPs. Answering to a question, he said, his Government enjoys full support of the nation and international community in the war against extremists in Swat. Pakistan, he said, is facing enormous challenges but we would overcome them with the support of nation. We have ability to overcome challenges, he said. Answering to a question, he said, we would have to stop the illegal flow of arms and manpower in Pakistan from neighbour and other countries and joint efforts are needed in this respect. He said allied countries have been asked to ensure their role in this respect. He said he has held talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and urged them to stop infiltration in Pakistan from Afghanistan. We have also sought cooperation from ISAF and NATO forces in this respect while same issue was discussed with US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrook during his visit to Pakistan recently, he said. Answering to a question, he said, Protection of peoples lives and property was Governments top priority and steps are being taken in this respect. Earlier, the Foreign Minister accompanied by envoys and representative of Gulf countries visited the Jalozai camps where Director General Special Support Group Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed briefed them about facilities being provided to IDPs. The envoys and representative of Gulf countries assured their full support for the rehabilitation of IDPs. The Foreign Minister also thanked DG SSG for briefing to envoys.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 12, 2009
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