PESHAWAR - The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Tuesday requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to facilitate Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) to cast their votes at camps in the upcoming elections.

In this connection, the PDMA KPK has sent a letter to ECP requesting for providing facilities of casting vote in upcoming general elections to IDPs in their camps, as thousands of IDPs are still livings at camps in the province.

The sources in PDMA confirmed that a letter in this regard has already been dispatched to the ECP. The PDMA urged the ECP that IDPS should be registered as voters and provided facilities of casting votes in their camps.

According to PDMA statistics, as many as 17,082 affected families from Khyber Agency are presently living at Jalozai camps while 68,113 affected families are living outside the camp. At least 2,000 affected families are living in Togh Saraya camp in Hangu.

PDMA also appealed NADRA to send mobile teams to the camps for making national identity cards of those young men who have reached the age 18 years, they concluded.

Meanwhile, a 16-member representative delegation of elders from Spairsung area and its surrounding villages of Peshawar district, falling along Khyber Agency, called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar at Governor’s House, Peshawar on Monday. 

Speaker, provincial assembly, Karamatullah Khan who is also the elect member of house from the area was also present. The members of the delegation invited the attention of the Governor towards certain problems which the people of the area have been facing because of demarcation disputes and requested him to take necessary steps for ensuring proper demarcation between the settled and tribal areas of the respective villages.  The Governor listened to the grievances of the delegation patiently and assured to take necessary steps for their resolution at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Population Welfare, Saleem Khan has said that Pakistan People’s Party would again come into power with an overwhelming majority in the upcoming general elections on the basis of its brilliant performance.

He said that during the rule of the incumbent government record developmental schemes of the public welfare have been completed in Chitral like other parts of the country and the masses feel positive change in their lives.

He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Government High School Owirk, Garam Chashma the other day. Provincial Minister said that besides other developmental schemes, he had achieved a milestone in developing education sector in Chitral with two university campuses, a couple of degree colleges, and a number of higher secondary, high, middle and primary schools both for girls and boys established during the last five years, which has provided all kind of educational facilities to the people of Chitral at their door steps.

During the last five years, a number of mini hydel power stations have also been established to make up the deficiency of electricity in Chitral, Khan added. He said the present government had started work on the second phase of Lawari Tunnel and thus making those elements silent who were capitalizing the public sentiments on the issue.

Keeping in view the hardships confronted by the people of Chitral due to the closure of Lawari Top during winter, the government has managed to keep the under-construction tunnel open for traffic three days in a week for which it has to pay a heavy amount to the contractor working on the tunnel and however, has taken up the case of keeping the tunnel open for traffic on daily basis according to a specific schedule with the federal government which is seriously being considered, Khan maintained.