Colombo, November 7 (NIA): The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain on Monday visited Northern Province of Sri Lanka to review the progress on Pakistani funded Housing Project consisting of 230 houses for war affected families in Puthukudiyiruppu, Narikaddu and Moddaikadai villages of the Wanni region.
The houses are being constructed with a Pakistani grant of US$ 1 million.Gen.Hussain spoke to the Muslim and Tamil beneficiaries.
Addressing the gathering at Puthukudiyiruppu village, the High Commissioner said that he was very grateful to the Government of Sri Lanka and Minister for Commerce and Industry, Rishad Bathiudeen for arranging his visit to the area. The assistance being given by the Government is greatly appreciated by the people of the area he added
The High Commissioner underscored that the Government of Pakistan has sponsored many projects in health, education and livelihood sectors in Sri Lanka.
“Pakistan’s contribution to several projects in Sri Lanka reflects the desire of the people and Government of Pakistan to assist the people at the grass root level in Sri Lanka,” he said.
Minister Rishad Bathiudeen expressed his gratitude to the government and the people of Pakistan for sponsoring the housing project which is being executed for people who were displaced during the internal war in Sri Lanka.
“Pakistan is a close friend of Sri Lanka and has always supported us in our difficulties at all forums,” he said.
The ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan Housing Project for the rehabilitation of war affected homeless people of the Northern Province was held in 2014.