200 houses for refugees to be completed in Muzaffarabad.

By: Jalaluddin Mughal / Kashmir Image

Muzaffarabad: A model town of 200 houses for refugees from Indian administered Kashmir (IoK) is expected to complete by the end of March this year, officials told during a briefing to international delegates here on Saturday.

A top-level delegation from International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) visited Muzaffarabad the other day and examined the Kuwait funded under construction model town in Thotha town near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The delegation headed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Haider, the Kuwait Government’s advisor for Zakwat Committee and Director Relief , International Islamic Chartable Organization (IICO) while other members include, Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Qadar, Chief Engineer (IICO), and Abdullah Muhammad Hamdan, Deputy Director (IICO).

The delegates visited the town site in where Deputy Commissioner (DC) Muzaffarabad Masood ur Rehman briefed them about the progress on construction work as well as other projected sponsor by the Government of Kuwait. The delegation was told that the model town project casts PKR 145 million ($ 1.38 m) and expected to complete in March this year. The project, after completion, will provide housing to 200 refugee families.

The head of the delegation Sheikh Abdullah Al-Haider told the newsmen after briefing that Kuwait government has sponsored three other towns as well as other regular and short term program and projects. Some of these include Ramzan Program, Qurbani Program, Clean Drinking Water Projects and other. He said that Kuwait Government and IICO started working in Kashmir region after catastrophic earthquake in 2005 and have completed dozens of development projects casting millions of dollars.

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The delegation, later, attended the exhibition of Kashmir handicrafts and dresses in Kashmir Skill Development Center—a vocational institute sponsored by IICO—in Manikapian Refugee Camp.

Renowned social worker and Environmentalist Syed Aftab Bukhari and President of Shah Fesal Trust Islamabad, Muhammad Zulqarnain Sulehria also joined the deligation throughout the visit.

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