ISLAMABAD: The Muslim World League (MWL), a pan-Islamic NGO based in Saudi Arabia, on Monday started distributing winter relief kits to communities hit by extreme weather in northern Pakistan, particularly the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).
The winter relief project was launched last Friday, and involves the distribution of blankets, warm clothes and essential food items.
“This relief package is a gift from the Muslim World League to poor, needy people from low-income groups, facing harsh weather conditions in backward areas,” Saad Masud Al -Harsi, the regional director of MWL, said during the launching ceremony last week.
According to an MWL statement, relief items including 7,000 blankets, warm clothes and essential food items have been sent on 20 trucks to their respective destinations in Pakistan’s northern areas and AJK. Each kit contains five kilograms of rice, five kg sugar, five kg edible oil, one kg each of pulses, salt and tea, along with blankets and warm clothes.
“This is a practical proof that the Muslim World League is at the forefront of serving Pakistani brothers with all its available resources,” Al -Harsi said.
Pakistan’s minister for religious affairs, Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, praised welfare schemes launched in Pakistan by the Muslim World League.
“The 20-truck relief package included food items and warm blankets worth millions of rupees for poor, needy and deserving families in the northern areas, which will provide much needed relief,” Qadri said. “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salma bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Secretary General of MWL, Muhammad Abdul Karim Al-Issa, have always treated Pakistani brothers with love and brotherhood”.
Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, said Saudi Arabia had always stood by the Pakistani people in difficult times and would continue to do so in the future.
“The MWL, Saudi government and people have always stood by Pakistani brothers and sisters in their time of need and will never leave them,” Al-Maliki said.