PESHAWAR  - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has congratulated the Pakistani nation especially the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the start of holy month of Ramzan and has appealed for extending maximum financial help to the IDPs of North Wazirstan Agency.

In a message of Ramzan greeting, he said that Islam besides asking for spiritual purification also emphasises rights of the fellow people and promoting the spirit of fraternity and brotherhood.

Pervez Khattak said that millions of IDPs, including women, children and aged have to keep fasting in hot summer days. Hence he appealed to the people especially the philanthropists to generously donate for IDPs while such donations can also be deposited in the Chief Minister KP fund for Assistance of IDPs account No.G12353-2014 in any branch of Bank of Khyber. Similarly, he asked the people of Bannu and other FATA bordering districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to accommodate the IDPs in their homes but never escalate the rents and reduce it considerably or exempt them from rents so that their miseries can be mitigated during their few weeks or months stay.

The chief minister further hoped that people from all walks of life would have to avoid social evils of telling lies, fraud, hoarding, profiteering, adulteration and price hike. Similarly, he said that this holy month also urged the need of ending the wrong traditions of enmity, hatred, disputes, prejudice and revenge but to adopt the attitude of forgiveness for good in Muslim society.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the successful All Parties Conference (APC) for IDPs has proved that all political, religious parties, social workers and business community are united for the assistance of the affectees of North Waziristan operation.

He said that our next strategy is making brisk arrangements for IDPs' stay and facilities more organised so that they do not feel loneliness at any stage. For this purpose, he said the whole official machinery has been activated. However, he said the sudden arrival of the millions of homeless IDPs and making arrangements for them is a difficult phase. He said that it required maximum resources and volunteers. He said that time had arrived that all welfare and missionary organisations and volunteers extend their support to prevent any human tragedy.

The chief minister was talking to the delegations of Ummah Welfare Trust and Imran Khan Foundation here in his office at the CM Secretariat. Chairman Ummah Welfare Trust Maulana Mohammad Idrees, Country Coordinator Said Imran, Provincial President PTI Azam Khan Swati, General Secretary Khalid Masood and Chief Secretary KP Amjad Ali Khan were also present.

On this occasion, Ummah Welfare Trust announced a donation of Rs400 million for the IDPs and said that the trust wanted the establishment of tent village for the IDPs in district Bannu, where complete arrangements would be made for the provision of food package, utensils, cooked food, drinking water, medical camp, tent school, tent mosque and summer kits for affectees.

Similarly, food package would also be distributed in other IDPs camps. The chairman of the trust told that they annually distribute the relief goods worth Rs500 million. However, he said that now the whole fund has been allocated for the affectees of North Waziristan to extend them better hospitality and support.

The chief minister while appreciating the welfare programme of the trust said that he is also impressed with the educational role of Ummah Children Academy in Nowshera where orphan students are provided free quality education and accommodation.

He also appreciated the assistance provided to the affectees under the auspices of Imran Khan Foundation and expressed the hope that all these welfare organisations in consultation with PDMA and district administration will work in a comprehensive manner to bear better results and not only redress the complaints of IDPs but also extend them hospitality in a more effective manner.

He was confident that political, religious leaders and social workers from across the country will extend support in the provision of relief to IDPs and will not hesitate from extending open heart donations as well as, deployment of volunteers for facilitation of the affectees in their short and temporary stay over here.