ISLAMABAD - The Government has initiated repatriation of Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) in haste having no solution insight and without having any comprehensive strategy and no arrangements or planning for their rehabilitation back at their homes. This was the consensus of all the speakers at seminar on Challenges of IDPs Repatriation organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The key speakers who spoke at the seminar including Shah Haroon, Project Manager IDPs Response Program, Oxfam, Kamal Shah Shama Khel Senior Vice President (PPPP), District Swat, Sheheryar Khan, MS Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, Hassan Khan, Director, News and Current Affairs, Khyber TV, presided over the proceedings. Hassan Khan said that IDPs those returning home have some serious concern and apprehension about their rehabilitation as consistent militancy and military operations have ruined their business, destroyed their houses, orchards and crops. Major difficulties now IDPs are facing is fear of high insecurity, brutal killing by Talibans and leadership of Taliban has not yet been captured. He added that government had enough time to devise a compressive strategy for rehabilitation of IDPs but unfortunately they overlook intensity of situation and aspirations of IDPs. Shah Haroon appreciated and extended his gratitude to the host families who had opened their doors and houses to the IDPs. While highlighting the issues faced by IDPs he said that most important is to ensure safety and security of the people returning to their areas and also creating humanitarian space for organizations to extend support to the people in their areas. Continued curfew in some areas was making hard for the returnees to access food. Due to lack of Information people are not sure where and how they can get financial assistance regarding the return package Rs. 25,000/-, he maintained. Kamal Shah Shama Khel, said that being a Muslim this is our moral and ethical responsibility to take care of help less brothers and sisters during this difficult time. Sheheryar Khan said that during curfew hours it was very unlikely and hard for the people to accomplish or operate their normal activities. He further elaborated that children were more vulnerable as they had suffered both psychologically and physically. Speakers recommended and demanded that government and humanitarian agencies should ensure active participation of local civil society and people in the rehabilitation process. Special plans should be chalked out for monsoon. People returning are in significant number to all parts of Bunir, Swat and district functionaries should be in place to serve these people. The government and the aid agencies should plan for the needs of the people in upcoming Ramadan and winter. Recovery program should include psychosocial support for the returnees particularly the women, children, elderly and people with disabilities. Farmers debt should be waived off and bank should provide easy loans. -HAMID HUSSAIN