Since the operation Zarb-e-Azab was launched in North Waziristan, some 0.4 million IDPs have been registered. The matter requires immediate attention in facilitating the IDP’s. Camps have already been set up and federal government is supporting the KP government in the task; however it appears that work for the most part is being done by the Army. The federal and provincial Disaster Management Authorities (DMA) should be mobilized to come up with an extensive plan for assisting the IDP’s as the holy month of Ramzan is just around the corner. The provincial health authorities should set medical camps for the IDP’s to prevent any potential disease outburst. The situation calls for a discrete monitoring of the facilitation and relief activities by Prime Minister House as it involves the life and health of thousands of people who just got displaced from their own towns and homes. The stance of other provincial governments on supporting IDP’s has not been very encouraging and more needs to be done on that front.

SARAH MUGHAL,

Islamabad, June 24.