Another shipment for Pakistan flood victims from Calderdale

International Islamic Mission of Halifax sending last 40 foot container of flood relief items to Pakistan'Pictured are Qasim Mir, Chaudhry Mohammad Tariq, Ghulam Amjad Mir and Asam Khan
International Islamic Mission of Halifax sending last 40 foot container of flood relief items to Pakistan'Pictured are Qasim Mir, Chaudhry Mohammad Tariq, Ghulam Amjad Mir and Asam Khan
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A SHIPMENT of goods collected in Calderdale is on route to help people affected by the July 2010 flood in Pakistan.

It follows an earlier container load sent in February last year by the Islamic Relief Mission based at Trinity Place, Halifax.

The 21-day journey to Karachi will be followed by a further three days onto Islamabad.

Mission organiser Chaudhry Mohammad Tariq, 71, will later fly out to oversee the distribution of aid backed by helpers in Pakistan.

Clothes, food, books, bedding and toys are among items loaded onto the 40ft container.

“People in rural areas still have no shelter and people in Halifax and Elland have given very generously,” said Mr Tariq, of Halifax.

“And, people in Pakistan appreciate what is sent.

“We give direct to the people and there is no third party involved.

“I will be going out for four weeks and I am paying for my own ticket.

“It makes me happy when I give with my own hands.”

He has previously been on several aid missions into Pakistan and Kosovo and said this might be his last due to his age.

The authorities say around 20 million people were affected by the floods and Mr Tariq said despite the time lapse help for those affected and been slow leaving many families still desperately in need of the support from communities around the world.