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Tribals to protest delay in repatriation outside parliament

Bureau Report 2017-05-12
PESHAWAR: Complaining about a long delay in their repatriation and demolition of houses in native towns, the residents of Dandy Derpakhel area in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday announced that they would stage a demonstration outside Parliament House against the government`s indifference to their misery.

The announcement was made during aprotest outside the Governor`s House here.

The protesters also blocked the road.

`We will go to Islamabad before the start of Ramazan along with female and minor family members to stage a sit-in outside Parliament House,` said tribal elder Mohsin Dawar, who led the rally from the Peshawar Press Club building to the Governor`s House.

Mr Dawar said security forces demolished their houses in Dandy Derpakhel before auctioning scrap and other construction material.

He said the demolition of houses had begun in Dandy Derpakhel after the Pakistan Army ceased the combat operation in North Waziristan.

The tribal elder asked why the authorities demolished houses after the army completed operation against militants.He said foreign diplomats and military officers from friendly countries visited Miramshah and its adjacent areas but ironically, the residents of Dandy Derpakhel hadn`t been repatriated to their homes.

Dandy Derpakhel is situated near the garrison in Miramshah. Over one million people were forced to flee homes when the Pakistan Army launched Zarb-i-Azb operation in North Waziristan in June 2014.

The of ficials claimed that 90 per cent of IDPs had so far been repatriated to their homes in Fata.

Recently, Mohsin Dawar had said a military delegation of Russia visited Dandy Derpakhel to show the world that the area is safe, but ironically, civilians were not allowed to go there.

`The visit of Russian military men and European diplomats is a clear indicationthat our area is safe and people could go there,` he said.

Ashraf Ali, another resident of Dandy Derpakhel, said a jirga of the internally displaced persons had been convened in Peshawar on Sunday to discuss future line of action.

He said the government should repatriate all IDPs before the start of the Islamic month of Ramazan.

The resident said former army chief retired general Raheel Sharif had promised the repatriation of all Fata IDPs by Nov 2016 but the promise had yet to be fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party central general secretary Mian If tikhar Hussain visited the IDPs protest camp at the Peshawar Press Club and expressed solidarity with the displaced persons.