Security forces clear area up to Daggar in Buner

    PESHAWAR (15 May, 2009)
    Business Recorder

    NWFP Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein Thursday said that the security forces had cleared area up to Daggar in district Buner from the militants. 'If any one of the IDPs wants to go back to their houses they can return to their area,' he announced while briefing media about the relief activities at the camps and situation in the turbulent districts Swat, Lower Dir and Buner.

    The returning of normalcy into the district Swat, he said however would take some time. However, he said the security forces are also strengthening their position. He reiterated the resolve of the government that the militants would be defeated to help return the migrated people back to their houses.

    The IDPs, he said are bearing the hardships for the sake of the peace in their districts. He said that the government was committed to fulfil this wish of the IDPs and create environment for return to their houses. He said that militants were on retreat and the security forces would very soon get control of the whole area.

    Mian Iftikhar Hussein, who is also the spokesman of the provincial government, saluted to the high morale and courage of the IDPs, who had quit their houses for the sake of peace. The security forces, he said would make the operation more targeted to turn it into success.

    The security forces, he added were fighting the battle of the salvation of Pakistan and humanity. He urged on the world community to consider the province as calamity hit to extend financial assistance to the people of the affected districts.

    Regarding relief activities, he said that Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti along with both Senior Ministers Bashir Ahmad Bilour and Rahimdad Khan and himself (Mian Iftikhar Hussein) visited the IDPs camps at Jalala (Takhtbai), Yar Hussein (Swabi) and Ambar (Swabi).

    The chief minister, he said during the visit himself heard the problems and difficulties of the IDPs and issued directives for their resolution. Majority of the IDPs were complaining about the lack of the supply of electricity. The chief minister has directed the supply of electricity to the camps within a day.

    He said that the affected people of the October 2005 earthquake were mostly poor people, but this time, he said well to do and middle class families have also been affected and forced to migrate. Such people of the society are facing very difficult situation, but their sentiments were reflecting their high spirit. 'They are not caring for the difficult situation they confronting, but are anxious for the establishment of peace and want the resolution of the matter for once and at all,' told the minister.

    The IDPs, he said were supporting the operation of the security forces and they wished its continuation until the achievement of the desired goals. The 38 registration points with 15 to 20 counters each, he said would be tripped to minimise difficulties in registration process and wastage of the time.

    Concerning the distribution of the relief goods, the provincial government had established 13 humanitarian hubs with four in Mardan, three in Swabi and one each in districts Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda and Malakand. In these hubs off the camp, IDPs would be provided ration and other facilities.

    The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, he said had sent relief goods worth Rs 10 million, while World Food Programme (WFP) has established godowns in each camp for the distribution of the required relief goods. All tents provided to the IDPs, he said are of the international standard.

    He said that the IDPs camps have been provided 15 generators and transformers for the supply of electricity. Pakistan Army had delivered 24 trucks loaded of the relief goods and had accepted the responsibility of feeding 80000 affected people.

    For the provision of the health facilities, four tent hospitals have been established in the camps of Mardan and Swabi. Similarly, Rehman Baba Welfare Trust, Hamza Foundation, Umma Trust and department of health were providing health services in the camps. In Mardan district, Schools in all 32 union councils have been given the status of IDPs camps while the staff has been directed to remain present on their duties.

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