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UN Hails Pakistan's Decision to Postpone Jet Purchase

05 November 2005

The United Nations has hailed a decision by Pakistan to postpone the purchase of fighter jets from Washington in order to provide more relief to earthquake victims as the Himalayan winter approaches.

U.N. Emergency Coordinator Jan Vandemoortele says such moves are helpful as U.N. officials work hard to secure more funding for humanitarian aid for victims of the quake. Officials say hundreds of thousands risk death or illness without tents, food and other supplies.

Friday, British Cabinet minister Hilary Benn said the world's response to the large-scale disaster was not enough.

Earlier, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf criticized the level of international aid, saying more was given to victims of the tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

More than 73,000 Pakistanis died and more than three million people have been left homeless by the October 8 earthquake.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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