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June 17, 2014

Out of camp IDPs facing countless problems

 
June 17, 2014

PESHAWAR: About 70,000 tribespeople displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) are facing countless problems after they refused to stay in the camp in Bakkakhel area in Frontier Region (FR) Bannu.
Mehmood Jan Dawar, Ghaniur Rehman Wazir, Salimullah Khan, Ajab Noor, Yousaf Shah and Bahauddin Dawar told this correspondent by phone from Bannu that they were forced not to stay in the camp.
They said the militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur had warned them not to stay at the camp or else they would be responsible for the consequences. The tribesmen said they were facing a host of problems after being displaced from their hometowns.
“We have lost contact with our relatives as some left for Punjab and some for others parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Salimullah Khan said. The government should have taken the tribal elders into confidence before setting up the camp in Bakkakhel.
“When the law-enforcement agencies could not save themselves from the terrorist attacks, how could they protect us (IDPs) if we stayed at the camp,” a dislocated person said. Assistant Political Agent of Frontier Region Bannu Javedullah Mahsud said officials of the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) held a meeting with Commissioner Syed Mohsin Shah and discussed the situation arising out after the influx of the IDPs.
He said the migration of IDPs from Mir Ali subdivision and parts of North Waziristan Agency was still going on. He said all arrangements had been finalised for hosting the IDPs in the Bakkakhel camp.
The official said that 7,000 IDPs had migrated to Hangu and Kohat districts while 63,000 shifted to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bakkar, Fatehjang and other parts of the country. The sources said the IDPs, who entered Bannu, are staying in Haved, Nurur, Township and Link Road under the open sky and some of them have rented houses. They said none of the IDPs was ready to stay in the camp established at Bakkakhel area in the Frontier Region

(FR) Bannu under threats from the Taliban militants.
The sources said the ground had been levelled for setting up another camp near Kashoo Bridge on the Bannu Link Road. The government also opened registration offices in Bannu for the IDPs and asked them to ensure their registration.