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June 19, 2014

KP has received 70,000 IDPs from North Waziristan, says CM

June 19, 2014

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Wednesday the province had received 70,000 people displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan Agency.
Speaking at a press conference at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, he said his government had released Rs350 million, the federal government Rs500 million and the Fata Disaster Management Authority Rs100 million for handling the crisis of displacement.
However, he said that only one family had so far taken shelter in a camp. “They are our guests and we take it as our duty to look after them,” he said. Internally displaced persons from North Waziristan are avoiding taking shelter in camps set up in Frontier Region Bannu, mainly because of scorching heat. Also, many tribesmen have residences in settled areas and others who don’t have second house in settled districts have taken shelter with relatives.
The chief minister said the government had pitched 1,000 tents in FR Bannu region and provided electricity, water and other facilities. He said intelligence agencies warned that keeping IDPs in schools would not be safe that led the government to set up tent camps, but he hastened to say that his administration was ready to open schools for displaced people if the need was felt.
He said the government made arrangements for transporting the uprooted people upon entry to the province. He said the affected people would be given one-time Rs5,000 cash assistance for buying non-food items besides Rs7,000 monthly. He said they were considering giving Ramazan package to the displaced tribesmen. Pervez Khattak said help to IDPs living in rented houses was also under consideration. He said IDPs were being registered by army on leaving the agency.

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