or three days. “The brave people of tribal areas are our own and we are proud of them and we will go hand-in-hand and I am hopeful that they will stand with the armed forces for development in their areas,” he said.
To a question about the repatriation of the IDPs, he said the process has already been started and some people had gone back to their homes, adding that many people would return to their homes in the next phase. “The government and the Pakistan Army have prepared a comprehensive repatriation plan and funds have also been allocated in the budget in this regard,” he said.
Bajwa said that initial estimate of the rehabilitation process stands at around Rs89 billion. He said the rehabilitation will start with the provision of funds. He said a survey for the rehabilitation and restoration of infrastructure is underway and the army has already started some rehabilitation work in the area.
The military spokesman said the rehabilitation process is not an easy task and the authorities are making sure that the returning IDPs should get all facilities. To a question about the firing incident in Bannu last month in which two IDPs were killed, he said an investigation committee had been formed to ascertain the facts of the said incident.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Gulf News, Bajwa said the issue of polio had been effectively addressed in Pakistan, thanks to the help provided by the UAE.“The UAE has been very helpful by providing funding which is being utilised in the cost of vaccination, payment to workers, media campaign and monitoring of complete process. This support is instrumental in eradicating polio from the country,” he said.
The military spokesman said fresh data and updates reveal that there has been a substantive decline in the cases of polio. However, he said, it is a continuous process that remains the top priority of the government and security agencies. He said Pakistan’s armed forces are working closely with the UAE officials to carry out polio campaigns in the most difficult and inaccessible areas in the northern parts and tribal areas once dominated by the Taliban.