PESHAWAR - Keeping in view the multifarious problems being faced by the IDPs of North Waziristan, three more registration centres have been set up for them in district Bannu.

A huge number of displaced families of North Waziristan seeking refuge in Bannu have not been registered for the last two days. These IDPs have been deprived of all facilities and assistance due to their non-registration.

Therefore, three additional registration desks have been set up at various areas of Bannu to speed up the registration process of the affected families. The IDPs from Mir Ali, Miranshah will be able to get themselves registered at the Government Commerce College, Bannu Sugar Mills and Government High School No. 4.

Each registration centre comprises 10 counters and hand written data is also incorporated in the National Data Base and Registration Authority's (NADRA) database.

Furthermore, 11 trucks carrying assistance have been dispatched from Multan. The trucks sent by the Pakistan Army are carrying 90 tonnes of relief goods. These relief goods include flour, pulses, rice, sugar, milk, cooking oil, cooking utensils, beds, medicines and other necessities of life.

Meanwhile, tribal elders of North Waziristan Agency Thursday demanded the government to take practical steps to mitigate sufferings of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) due to military operation and ensure provision of facilities at their makeshift camps.

The demand was made by Dr Zafar Shaheen, an elder from North Waziristan, while addressing a news conference here at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday.

Accompanied by President of Pak-Afghan Chamber of Commerce Esa Khan Roghani, Ali Zar Khan and elders of militancy-hit NWA, he said the tribesmen were suffering at their makeshift camps owing to lack of basic health facilities. Owing to wrong policies of the rulers, he said, the Fata particularly Waziristna agencies had been turned into a battle field for the last over a decade while the military operations and US drone attacks multiplied miseries of the innocent tribal people. He said that business activities were badly affected owing to military operation in the tribal areas while a large number of children were also deprived of health and education facilities in the area. 

"The tribesmen are physically and mentally disturbed due to military operation and drone strikes," Dr Zafar Shaheen said. He also criticised the incumbent government for launching military operation without making proper arrangements to provide adequate facilities to IDPs. He urged for making proper arrangements to provide education and health facilities to IDPs children in their makeshift camps.

Esa Khan on this occasion said that more than 6,700 families have migrated to neighbouring Afghanistan since launch of military action in North Waziristan Agency. He said the Afghans and their government were fully cooperating with migrated people and providing them all kind of facilities in this difficult time.

Owing to militancy and terrorism, he said the people are mentally distributed in the tribal region while 95 per cent businesses have been closed down, incurring huge financial losses. Similarly, he said a large number of people have so far displaced internally in the wake of ongoing military operations in FATA.

Dr Shaheen urged the UN General Secretary to announce a comprehensive compensation package for the tribal people affected from militancy and terrorism during last two decades. The elders demanded the government to detach from the ongoing US war on terror and take effective measures for sustainable peace in the country.

ILLEGAL RELIEF CAMPS FOR

NWA IDPS BANNED

INP adds: The government on Thursday imposed ban over illegal relief camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency.

Separately, a sensitive organisation has sealed two offices of the Norwegian Refugee Council for working in the IDPs camps without permission. The Norwegian Refugee Council was working in Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan without any NOC. After the closure of their offices, the Norwegian Council’s staff has been sent to Peshawar.

According to official sources, relief camps for the IDPs of NWA could not be set up without issuance of permission from the government authorities.

A no objection certificate (NOC) is necessary for the establishment of a relief camp for the displaced persons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The decision was taken due to security concerns and to prohibit banned groups from collecting funds, government sources said.

The government has decided to take action against the relief camps established without government permission.

The authorities of Bannu division and other parts of the province have been informed about the decision.