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Pashtuns to rehouse victims of flooding.

group plans to build model villages

Dubai Pak-Khyber Wing, a Dubai-based welfare organisation of the Pashtun Pakistani community, has pledged to build model villages for flood victims in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

"We have decided to carry out this mission of building houses because [the] Pakistan government is not doing much to rehabilitate the flood victims as hundreds of thousands of flood victims are still living in tents without even basic amenities of life such as clean water," said Ayub Afridi, chairman of the Pak-Khyber Wing (PKW) of the Pakistan Association in Dubai.

Addressing a press conference in Dubai on Saturday, Afridi said that PKW, which was established in May this year, has been actively involved in providing relief to flood victims in coordination with the Pakistan Association in Dubai (PAD). "PKW's relief work was more focused in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as the flash floods caused maximum damage in this province," he added.

He criticised the Pakistani government's slow response to the rehabilitation of flood victims who are now suffering because of severe winter and snow in areas like Swat. "We have to move fast to end miseries of these people," he added.

Relief items

PKW's members including its chairman Afridi personally went to the affected areas and distributed food, medicines and other relief items. "Though floods are over, it will take years to cope with aftermath of floods because some 20 million people have been affected and more than 640,000 houses have been either demolished or badly damaged," he said.

PKW estimates that it will cost Dh5,000 to Dh10,000 to build a two-room house in the flood-affected areas.

"We urge community members to come forward and sponsor either a full house or part of the house," he said, adding that the PKW would continue its efforts with the help of community members.

"The main objective of our wing is to provide social and welfare services to the people in need in general and particularly Pashtuns, who are living in very large numbers in the UAE," said Khayal Zaman Orakzai, president of the PKW.

Some 60 per cent of more than one million Pakistanis living in the UAE are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province which is dominated by Pashtuns.

Orakzai said that PKW has also joined hands with the Pakistan Association to sponsor the construction of a bridge which was wiped out during the recent floods in Swat.

"We are bearing cost of building materials while [the] army is building the bridge which will be opened on December 26 this year," he said.

He also urged the Pashtun community members to become members of the PKW and participate in the welfare activities geared toward their community.

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Ayub Afridi, chairman of the Pak-Khyber Wing, and Khayal Zaman Orakzai, president, address a press conference in Dubai to announce their plans for flood-affected areas in Pakistan.

eid celebrations

call for donation

Pakistan Association in Dubai (PAD) will conduct animal sacrifices in the flood-affected areas in addition to providing new clothes on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

"We appeal to the community to donate their money for animal sacrifice for the flood victims to share their Eid celebrations," said Innayatur Rehman, Acting General Secretary of the PAD. He said that people interested in sacrificing animals in the flood-affected areas of Pakistan can deposit their money at the association office. The cost of one animal sacrifice for Eid ranges from Dh250 to Dh430 while the Eid clothing costs Dh30.

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