PESHAWAR - Following complaints by internally displaced persons (IDPs), Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan on Monday removed Director General (DG) Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) from his position.

The decision was taken by Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi after having a meeting with an Utmanzai Wazir tribal jirga met him at Army Park in Bannu.

Besides others, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N provincial president Pir Sabir Shah, General Secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak were also present on the occasion.

On this occasion Malak Nasrullah Khan, head of the jirga apprised the governor that IDPs had been facing difficulties in receiving funds via mobile SIMs and several people had not been able to be registered. Moreover, they also alleged that FDMA had established poor camps with inadequate facilities and poor living conditions in the camps.

Keeping in view the complaints, Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan ordered removing DG FDMA Arshad Khan from his post. Meanwhile, secretary establishment Fata Abid Majeed has been given additional charge of DG FDMA till further order.

KP GOVT ASSURES EARLY

REHABILITATION OF IDPS

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the fate of the people of FATA is not destruction rather construction.

The immortal sacrifices of the tribal people and the Pak Army will bear far-reaching positive effects, adding the rehabilitation process will never be left incomplete as per past practice and it will be materialised in one go.   He further pointed out that as per directive and keen interest of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the federal government has already released an amount of Rs8 billions to provide relief to IDPs of North Waziristan Agency and facilitate them in minimising their difficulties.

He, along with Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was addressing the IDPs from North Waziristan in Bannu on Monday.

On this occasion, they distributed relief goods among the affected people as a token of the ongoing arrangements in this respect.  Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while presenting a total grant of Rs500 millions for the IDPs also declared that they will get Rs60,000 per family, besides additional relief.  He further announced to deposit one-day salary on behalf of the government employees of the Punjab government as well as the members of the provincial government.

Governor KP Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also gave away ration bags and cash assistance to IDPs present on the occasion. 

They also had an aerial view of the IDPs camp in Bannu.  GOC Maj. Gen Akhtar, Advisor to Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam, Provincial Minister Shah Farman, Provincial Minister of Punjab Rana Mashahood, Provincial President of PML-N Pir Sabir Shah, chief secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, ACS FATA, Director General of FDMA and the other concerned senior officials were also present besides a large number of IDPs. 

A tribal elder Malik Nasrullah Khan while welcoming Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan and Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for visiting the camp and extending help to them also highlighted the difficulties, which the IDPs are faced with in Bannu.

Responding on behalf of the people and the government of the province, Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan thanked the Punjab government, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif in particular for their generous support to the IDPs from North Waziristan. 

He said the people of North Waziristan had left their homes and native places for a great national cause and their sacrifices will never go in vain.  He further stated that the spirit of patriotism of the people of FATA is above board and un-challenging. 

Earlier, on arrival in Bannu, the governor KP and the chief minister Punjab were briefed by GOC Maj. Gen Akhtar on the outcomes of the Zarb-e-Azb and the facilities being extended to IDPs from North Waziristan Agency.