Multan, Pakistan, 23 Rabi’ul Akhir 1434/05 March 2013 (MINA) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has delivered 100 housing units, a school, a health center and a mosque to the people of the D. G. Khan village in Multan, in the Punjab Province of Pakistan.

      The handover ceremony was held in the presence of OIC representatives as well as officials from the Pakistani government and the OIC member states, according to IINA report monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Tuesday.

       The D. G. Khan villagers were among the worst victims of the disastrous floods that hit Pakistan in July 2010. The project was launched as per the directives of the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who had announced OIC pledges at the Donors’ Conference for the benefit of the victims of the Pakistan floods.

       The Organization of Islamic Cooperation thanked Cameron, whose permanent representative to the OIC, Ambassador Tijani, handed over the keys to the villagers, for contributing the largest share towards the financing of the project.

       Guyana was also thanked for its contribution in the building of the village. The OIC also appreciated the role of Pakistan through making available of facilities to complete the project, according to an OIC statement.

       The D. G. Khan village project had been planned by the OIC in collaboration with the Youth Parliament of Pakistan. It received donations from the staff of the OIC General Secretariat and other OIC organs who contributed a day’s pay for the project, in a symbolic gesture by OIC demonstrating sympathy and solidarity with Pakistan in its ordeal.

       In this context, OIC intends to provide a similar project within three months, including 125 housing units, a school, a health center and a mosque for the benefit of the Dado villager in Punjab province.

       Multan is a city in Punjab, Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s third largest city by area and its fifth largest by population. The city is located on the banks of the Chenab River in the geographic center of the country.

       Multan is known as the City of Sufis or City of Saints and Madinat-ul-Auliya because of the large number of shrines and Sufi saints from the city. The city is blanketed with bazaars, mosques, shrines and ornate tombs. (T/P011/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency

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