ISLAMABAD- Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq has demanded that FATA and KPK be declared calamity hit areas and special concessions be

announced for the people there in view of the military operation in North Waziristan.

Addressing a press conference today, the JI Amir claimed that thousands of Tribal Muslims have been martyred in the operation while tens of thousands have been rendered homeless. He said the operation in NWA has once again made people homeless and according to him these people were facing unbearable problems.

Sirajul Haq asked the Prime Minister that instead of sitting in his office in Islamabad, he should visit the IDPs camps in Bannu frequently and personally supervise the relief activities.  He also demanded that during the month of Ramzan, each IDP family should be given Rs 50,000 to meet his requirements. He said the religious parties were not taken into confidence about the operation while no arrangements were made in advance to look after the IDPs.  He said Jamaat-e-Islami has started its relief work and established nine big relief camps with the facilities of twenty five ambulances and three field hospitals.

He said Al Khidmat Foundation has deployed 2050 volunteers and established three big kitchens for Sehr and Iftar of the IDPs.

He said the arrangements made by the federal government so far are insufficient. He also demanded a time frame for the operation and permission to the IDPs to go anywhere in the country.  He said there would be dangerous consequences if the operation continued for an indefinite period. The JI Amir proposed the establishment of a task force comprising all parliamentary parties in the national assembly to monitor the relief and rehabilitation activities.

Asked about the statement of Imran Khan regarding dissolution of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Assembly, the JI Amir said his party and the people of KPK would not support that step. He said Imran has the power to decide whether to remain in government or not but he has no authority to dissolve the assembly. He said Long March was the decision of Imran Khan and his party and Jamaat-e-Islami was not consulted.