PESHAWAR - Elders of a ‘grand shura’ consisting of the Internally Displaced Persons from Khyber Agency on Monday threatened the government that they would hold a long march towards Islamabad and besiege the Parliament House, if it failed to stop the ongoing security forces military operation in tehsil Bara.

They demand of the government to ensure provision of basic amenities at their makeshift camps in Jalozai.

Addressing a news conference here at press club, the head of their Grand Shura, Haji Gulbat Afridi said that the law and order situations were getting worst after each passing day due to the ongoing military action in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency. “A large number of innocent tribal people including women, children and aged were killed in the indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment on the houses of the innocent people, he alleged.

Flanked by other members of the shura including Abdul Mehran, Raza Khan, Noor Mohammad, Mr Afridi said that in wake of the prolonged operation the IDPs from Bara were facing enormous difficulties due to lack of adequate facilities at the makeshift Jalozai camp. “The IDPs were kept deprive of even basic even non-food items because a massive level mal-administration has been done in distribution of the relief items provided by different donor agencies, he alleged. The authorities, he said, didn’t take any action against officials involved in illegal practice.

Afridi said that the IDPs were faced with immense miserable situation at their temporarily camps. He further informed that the World Food Program had also provided food items and other utensils in required quantity, due to non-availability of funds.

The situation, he said, was further trigged amid chilly and harsh weather as most of tents torn and useless. He alleged that the administration had sold new tents along with blankets and other winter utensils in open market instead of distribute among the IDPs.

They demanded of the government to extend compensation package to them on pattern of the affectees of Malakand division. “The government should also give Rs 25,000 per affected family, as were extended to the IDPs of Bajaur and Mohmand agencies, they added.  

The elders asked the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take immediate notice of the indifferent attitude of the administration against IDPs, and warned to launch an agitation campaign and hold a long march against the government if rulers were failed to meet their demands.

Meanwhile, the Hannam University, Republic of Korea, and University of Peshawar have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in undergraduate programmes offered at either institution, which would be deemed feasible in terms of the promotion and development of goodwill, between the two countries.

The MoU to remain effective for five years was signed by Dean of Student and Human Resource Development Affairs of Hannam University IL-Gyu Jeong and vice-chancellor UoP Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz on Monday at University of Peshawar. Under the agreement the two institutions would exchange students, faculty members, academic materials and besides arranging short-term academic and cultural programs.

The institutions have agreed to exchange full time students for one year, said IL Gyu Jeong on the occasion.

He added the host institution would accept the students selected by the other partner, the record of which would be maintained by the designated liaisons officers of the MoU.

Established in the year 1956, Hannam University South Korea is one of the oldest institutions and has played a great role in the economic development of the country, said the visiting Dean. He added his University is more focused on exchange of students and expertise between faculty members of the Pharmacy Department and Institute of Chemical Sciences University of Peshawar.

Strong academia industry linkages proved the main catalyst for the development of South Korea, said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz. He added presently University of Peshawar is host to around 26 Korean Students, who are studying in the Department of Linguistics, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

The strategic importance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, have brought the world’s attention towards our territory, he said. Now It is time for us to remain alert to current situation and empower our youth with latest trends in education and changing dynamics of higher education, he added. The word of wisdom lying anywhere is a collective property of people around the globe and we must take benefit from every bit of it to progress in the comity of nations, he said.

The visiting Korean delegation informed the Vice Chancellor about holding of a Korean Cultural event in the coming week at University of Peshawar.