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Islamic Conference Head Due to Flood-Hit Pakistan

The secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will travel to flood-stricken Pakistan on Sunday.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu will attend a meeting to be organized to ensure coordination of assistance extended to Pakistan by the humanitarian aid organizations of the OIC member states.

Ihsanoglu and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will open the meeting to take place in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Participants will focus on extending the aid to flood-hit regions on time.

During an emergency meeting held at OIC headquarters in Jeddah, executives said they were having logistic and coordination problems after the flood disaster.

Therefore, the Secretariat General will propose a special mechanism to ensure coordination among governments of OIC member states, aid organizations and philanthropists.

Besides the Pakistani Disaster Management and United Nations (UN), humanitarian aid organizations from 30 OIC countries will participate in the meeting.

Ihsanoglu will visit flood-hit regions after the meeting, and hold talks with Pakistani executives, particularly President Asif Ali Zardari.

Pakistan's worst-ever floods killed at least 1,600 people and displaced more than 20 million.

As many as 17 million acres of farm land have been submerged and billions of dollars of crops destroyed, Pakistani authorities announced earlier.

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