PESHAWAR - Members of the Waziristan Peace Jirga called upon the government to allow repatriation of the internally displaced families from North Waziristan Agency to their respective hometowns.

Addressing a news conference here at press club on Thursday, tribal Jirga Chief Haji Sher Muhammad expressed concerns over giving deadline to Waziristan’s IDPs to vacate schools’ buildings by August 31.

He informed that internally uprooted families were yet to provide alternative places to take shelter.

He warned to hold long march towards Islamabad against the forcible expulsion of dislocated families from the government schools’ buildings.

Flanked by other members of the Jirga, including Malik Noor Rehman Dawar, Mahad Shah, Fazal Ghaffar, and elders of IDPs, Sher Muhammad said that a large number of families were dislocated from their respective hometowns in the wake of ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency and compelled to take shelter in Bannu, D.I.Khan and other parts of the province.

He said the displaced families were confronting with numerous difficulties and lacking basic facilities at makeshift camps but now the deadline gives to them to vacate the schools’ buildings by the end of this month was shocking.

The tribesmen, he said, have always rendered numerous sacrifices for the protection of frontiers of the state. He urged upon the government to take practical steps to ease their miseries instead of creating more difficulties for them.

He also complained that registration was denied to those IDPs who have temporary addresses in their CNIC cards along with permanent one and were deprived of the government’s assistance. These issues, he said, were multiplying miseries of internally uprooted people, therefore, the ongoing military operation should immediately be ended and announce repatriation of IDPs to the cleared areas of North Waziristan Agency.