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February 28, 2014

Special camps to be set up in Sindh for Waziristan IDPs

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AFP
February 28, 2014

KARACHI: The Sindh government will set up special camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) coming from the Fata following any military operation in Waziristan.
These IDPs will not be allowed to settle or mix with communities in the urban areas. This time, the government has decided to keep them in camps as previously terrorists had entered the city in the guise of IDPs. No locations have yet been finalised for the camps. The government will take steps for their return to their homes after normalisation of the situation.
The sources told The News that no IDP will be allowed to live with their relatives or on their own in any part of Sindh because the Sindh government has had a bad experience in the past, especially in 2008 when IDPs from Swat arrived in Karachi and despite the presence of government camps, they stayed either with their relatives or encroached upon lands in various parts of Karachi to permanently reside there.
According to the sources, many of these people were then found involved in criminal activities.The Sindh cabinet has also decided to form four special cells to keep an eye on these IDPs on their probable influx in Sindh, especially Karachi.
This was decided this week in a meeting of the Sindh Cabinet, after which the Home Department issued a notification to form cells, one in Karachi and three in three districts of rural Sindh.
These cells comprising Sindh police, Rangers and Revenue officials will look after the affairs of IDPs. These cells will establish camps, registration counters, look after medical facilities, supply of food and all other arrangements for the IDPs.
All the IDPs will be allowed to enter Sindh only after registration, fingerprinting and verification. Information provided by these IDPs will also be verified. These cells will make sure that these IDPs not only stay within the camps but also return home after normalisation of situation.
According to sources in the home department, six special

check-posts would be set up at three entry points of Karachi – Super Highway, National Highway and Hub Chowki – and three more in interior Sindh at Ghotki, Qambar-Shahdadkot and Kandhkot.
The Sindhi nationalist parties have already expressed reservations upon the probable arrival of IDPs and the Sindh Writers and Thinker forum has announced to hold protests against it. Dr Qadir Magsi of Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party said he did not believe in the steps taken by the Sindh government and said these IDPs should not be even allowed to enter Sindh. The federal government and KP government should take steps to establish camps in the KP or in Punjab, which were closer to their homes, he said.