LAHORE - Leading Islamic charities have voiced their concerns over increasing difficulties of earthquake affectees in KP, Fata and northern areas of Pakistan.

The groups said their volunteers were facing severe problems while shifting hundreds of injured from icy mountains to the nearest hospitals due to destruction of bridges and roads by the earthquake.

Around 2,000 trained workers of each of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a charity organisation working under Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and Al-Khidmat Foundation of Jamaat-e-Islami, are associated with relief activities in the earthquake-affected areas.

The Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation yesterday despatched a large consignment of relief goods to the affected areas from Lahore.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, on this occasion, appealed to the people for more donations for their country-fellows in trouble.

“Over 50 villages were completely destroyed in the areas. Several dead bodies are still lying under the debris. Our volunteers walk for hours in the mountains to provide food and shelter to homeless villagers and medicines to injured,” he said, while talking to media persons.

JuD’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation is conducting major relief operation in the quake-affected areas despite concerns of international observes which feared the activities of JuD could promote militancy in the northern and western belt of Pakistan where the army was already leading major operation against terrorists.

JuD chief has repeatedly rejected the allegation of militancy against him and his party. “Our thousands of workers are carrying out relief activities in every affected area. We are trying our best to provide relief to our brothers and sisters. We don’t care for the allegations and are working to seek God’s blessing,” he said.

Jamaat-e-Islami’s Al-Khidmat Foundation, another big charity organisation working in the quake hit areas, also appealed to the people for extending their full cooperation with the affected residents of KP and Fata regions.

Al-Khidmat Foundation Fata chief Awwal Khan Afridi said the quake damages were even more than they were earlier estimated. He said more than 6,000 houses had completely been destroyed in Bajaur (Fata agency) and more than 2,000 partially damaged.

According to the Foundation, houses, schools and hospitals as well as other infrastructures in Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram agencies and Frontier regions had also been damaged in a large number. It reported around 4,000 livestock deaths in only Fata regions.

The group appealed for donations in the shape of warm clothes, blankets, tents and medicines for the affected residents.