PESHAWAR - A grand jirga of Mehsud tribesmen from North and South Waziristan Agencies Sunday asked the federal government to announce the IDPs repatriation schedule to their hometowns, besides giving them cash amounts to reconstruct their homes there.

To highlight problems being faced by the IDPs, another similar grand jirga would be held in Lahore on October 21. It is the responsibility of the present government to start repatriation of tribesmen presently living across the province because of the ongoing operation against militants in their respective areas, it added.

Prominent among those who attended the jirga included Senator Saleh Shah, Karim Mehsud Advocate, former DIG Rahmat Khan, Abdullah Khan Mehsud and Haji Attaullah Wazir. Tribal elders from Wazir and Dawar tribes also attended the Mehsud tribesmen jirga held at Hayatabad, Peshawar.

As stated by the government that 90 percent area has been cleared of militants, then this is a right time now to send the IDPs back to their native agencies, the jirga members observed.

They, however, suggested the government to evolve a comprehensive strategy for the repatriation of IDPs in order to lessen their miseries.

Educational institutions, hospitals and orchards have been badly affected due to the unrest in Waziristan.

The tribesmen are being portrayed as smugglers, terrorists and militants despite rendering sacrifices for the country. It is the right time for tribal people to raise their voice through jirgas, they said.

They agreed to hold a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi in the first phase before holding another grand tribal jirga in Lahore on October 12 next.

JI LEADER SEEKS IDPS EARLY REPATRIATION

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat from Lakki Marwat adds: Jamaat-e-Islami Provincial Deputy Chief Shabeer Ahmad Khan has asked the government to repatriate tribesmen of North Waziristan Agency to their hometowns as 90 percent tribal area has been cleared of militants.

"The displaced tribal families living in camps, rented accommodations and with host families are facing numerous problems and their demand to go back to their hometowns is justified", he said while speaking at the oath taking ceremony of newly elected district ameer in Serai Gamila on Sunday.

On the occasion, he administered oath to the newly elected district JI's district chief Mufti Irfanullah.

Among others, JI local leaders including Malik Meer Shah, Sher Ghulam, Mazullah Khan, Haji Azizullah, Sabz Ali Naveed and Abdul Samad were present on the occasion.

Shabeer said that the government should show courage to denounce the drone attacks as such attacks were the clear violation of our sovereignty. He said that the operation Zerb-e-Azb was underway in the tribal area against militants and in such circumstance drone attacks could aggravate the situation.

The JI leader said that tribal people always worked as unpaid soldiers to guard the western borders but now they had been subjected to face displacement and lead a miserable.

He also said that the government should wind up the military operation in tribal districts and let the tribal people lead a peaceful life in their own areas.

"The JI will continue its struggle for establishing an Islamic welfare state as people are fed of the present corrupt system", he added, saying that Pakistan Movement will be re launched for the establishment of Islamic system of governance and justice.