ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to ensure provision of sufficient funds for proper management of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan operation.
He passed on these directives to the Finance Minister who called on him Tuesday at Prime Minsiter’s House to discuss some important issues relating to the winding up budget debate and the passage of finance bill for fiscal 2014-15.
The prime minister directed the finance minister to ensure provision of ample funds for rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan operation. He said every possible step should be taken to provide assistance to these IDPs. It is pertinent to mention that the Finance Minister is to wind up budget debate on Tuesday and would be seeking the guidance of Premier Sharif on the subject.
Meanwhile, PM Nawaz Sharif directed Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch to reach affected areas of North Waziristan operation. The minister will remain present in the area to look after the displaced people.
The Prime Minister also directed the minister to ensure maximum help to the displaced people.
Meanwhile, around 61,242 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have so far migrated from North Waziristan Agency owing to the operation against militants there, officials said.
Majority of those who have arrived to downtowns belong to Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi, Datta Khel, Miranshah, and Mir Ali. However, a large number of them avoided living at camps established for them in Bakka Khel area of Bannu district.
Following cultural bond, majority of these IDPs prefer to live with their relatives in the neighbouring districts like Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Karak, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.
In district Bannu, government has set up a registration camp for the IDPs coming from North Waziristan, where the kids were also provided polio vaccines. The officials said that number of the IDPs is expected to increase in coming days.
For registration and verification of IDPs, the NADRA has established four registration centres at Bannu, Tank, Dera Ismail Khan and Lakki Marwat.
Talking to media persons at commissioner office Bannu, Additional Secretary State and Frontier Regions (Safron) Tariq Hayat Khan said that there is complete coordination between civil and military administrations. He said that despite the fact that all types of basic facilities have been ensured in the IDPs camp at Baka Khel, the tribesmen prefer to live with relatives following their traditions.
Tariq said that more than 61,000 displaced persons have so far been registered at registration point at Saidgai area of district Bannu. He informed that government has set aside a handsome amount of money for IDPs that would be given to them soon through NADRA cards.
Sources said that owing to curfew imposed in North Waziristan Agency, it was impossible for the tribesmen to come out of the agency. Thus, a large number of people would leave the agency if relaxation is announced in the curfew by the government, they explained.
The arrival of the tribesmen is being monitored tightly by police and other law enforcement agencies to stop entry of terrorists in garb of IDPs. The sources said that at present around 500,000 people are stranded in North Waziristan, who also wanted to migrate to safer places.