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International donors pledge more for Pak quake victims

ISLAMABAD, Oct 6: Major international donor agencies, led by the World Bank, have indicated to make available an additional $800 million or 'even more' as sought by President Pervez Musharraf, but want the government to address concerns about corruption in the quake-affected parts of the NWFP and AJK.

"Certainly there is a scope for corruption considering such a huge reconstruction task and this requires strict and regular monitoring by the government agencies concerned," Mr John Wall, Country Director of the World Bank, said in Islamabad. However, he said, there was not much noise about corruption keeping in view the massive reconstruction work spread over many years. "The problem is being faced in the housing sector where the role of revenue officers, district officers and other officials concerned is all the more important to ensure that there is no corruption involved," Mr Wall said. Generally, he said, things were moving in the right direction and international donor agencies and government functionaries were cooperating to mitigate the suffering of the quake survivors.

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