Govt committed to facilitate IDPs: Baloch

ISLAMABAD: The government is committed to facilitate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency and in this regard priority is being given to health and education.

Federal Minister for States and Frontier Region (SAFRON) Lt. Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch said here on Wednesday.

“The government is providing education to the children of IDPs in their shelter camps while efforts are underway to adjust some of the students in local schools temporarily so that they continue their education for which the ministry is focusing on provision of additional funds,” he informed.

The minister giving details of the facilities at the IDPs camps said that government has also ensured availability of medicines and doctors.

Responding to a question about measures to meet the winter wrath, Baloch said, “For the upcoming harsh winter season, we have made elaborate arrangements for keeping them warm and safe them from winter diseases”.

Appreciating the role of NGOs, he said they were also playing a active role in this regard.

Besides responsibility of Afghan refugees, the SAFRON ministry was also taking care of IDPs as 1 mln were dislocated from North Waziristan in the Zarb-e-Azb .

“Though we are facilitating them, yet we cannot pay them the cost of leaving their homes, their routine lives and leaving occupations as they have financial problems and they were not comfortable,” Baloch said.

Responding to a question, the minister informed that IDPs were not going back in some areas in the first phase of the operation as there was a risk of using the local population by terrorists as humanized.

For the IDPs, the government plans their return soon and focuses on facilitating them at maximum level till their stay in these camps.

Source: APP