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    The IDPs from North Waziristan

    Uprooted by operation, Fata refugees grow increasingly alienated



    ISLAMABAD: “Are we not Pakistanis,” Noor Rehman Dawar asked rhetorically. But to the surprise of many, shouts of “No” rang out almost immediately from the back. Many turned around to look and saw a large contingent of people from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), nodding in agreement.

    These were the scenes at the National Press Club on Thursday, where a panel discussion on ‘War, Terrorism and the oppressed: The Role of the Left’ turned into a discussion about the deplorable way the state was treating those who had been displaced by the military action in North Waziristan.

    Organised by the Awami Workers Party (AWP), the discussion saw a great deal of cynicism with the military’s tactics and motives in North Waziristan, as well as criticism of the one-sided way the media was reporting on the fallout from the operation.

    The discussion featured talks by defence analyst Ayesha Siddiqa, AWP leader Aasim Sajjad Akhtar and journalist Mahvish Ahmad, as well as accounts by those who had escaped the fighting in North Waziristan.

    Ayesha Siddiqa, known for being an outspoken critic of the military, chose her words carefully, saying, “The way the operation is being conducted may not be the best way to hunt terrorists.”

    One of the questions we need to ask ourselves, she said, is whether this operation will lead to a long-term solution to the problem of terrorism in the country?

    “There is an impression that following the brazen attack on the Karachi airport, the government was forced into action. But there have been bigger attacks, such as the ones of PNS Mehran, Kamra or GHQ. Why wasn’t the establishment jolted into action then?”

    She then asked a series of tough questions which she said must be answered in order to get a better understanding of what this operation entails.

    “Did the Uzbeks who attacked Karachi airport not have local help? Does the army even want to combat the terrorists? Have we forgotten about the terrorists being bred in our own cities and bazaars, in Bhara Kahu, Lahore or Tarnol?”

    Al Qaeda, she said, was not stupid. “They know they will have an easier time hiding in Karachi rather than North Waziristan,” she said, adding, “This is a major operation in name only”.

    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar was even less forgiving. He opened his speech by saying, “I definitely support the military operation, but it should have started from Muridke.”

    He said that the operation was being carried out in a far-off place, removed from the lives of most people, which is why stories from there did not tug at the heartstrings of those living in other parts of the country.

    “This operation poses an existential problem for the state, as it had to decide who is citizen and who is a subject,” he said, referring to the draconian Frontier Crimes Regulations that are still in force in the tribal areas today.

    Noor Rehman Dawar, a member of the Miranshah jirga in North Waziristan, told the audience the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had initially ordered that refugees be put up in government schools. But after they settled down, the government ordered them to evacuate the premises.

    This, he said, was indicative of the general attitude of all provincial governments towards the refugees from North Waziristan.

    Mahvish Ahmad opened her discussion by talking about media coverage of the operation. A content analysis of stories about the military action in most major dailies, she said, overwhelmingly quoted only Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as their sole source. People on the ground or eye-witnesses were quoted only 10 per cent of the time, she said, adding “A similar trend is visible in the coverage of the operation in the foreign press as well”.

    She regretted that journalists were not allowed into North Waziristan and that there was no way of independently verifying ISPR’s accounts of the number of terrorists killed. “Even the army physically entered the theatre only on Wednesday, so I think even they didn’t know what the situation on the ground was before that,” she said.

    Ms Ahmad recently visited the government camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bannu. She shared the story of a woman who had walked three days and two nights on foot from Miramshah to Bannu. “Two of her children, a son and a daughter, died of exhaustion on the way there. There are also reports that her husband, who stayed behind, may also be dead,” Ms Ahmad said.

    A short film titled ‘Voices from Waziristan’ was also shown at the event. The film documented Ms Ahmad’s trip to Bannu and featured interviews with officials from the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, the Fata Disaster Management Authority, as well as scores of eye-witness accounts and testimonies from refugees floundering at the camp.

    “The concern for the fallout from the operation is limited to settled areas; nobody cares about the well-being of the people of Fata who are directly in the line of fire. Media coverage has dehumanised Fata for the rest of the country. The epicentre of this violence is not Fata or KP, but right here in Islamabad. This is where the decisions were made for which we are suffering today. The people should not be punished for the mistakes of the state.” --Asfandyar, student, South Waziristan.

    “In the past, the state tried to sidestep its responsibility to protect its citizens by giving these militants free passage, but they realised too late that their tactic wouldn’t work. The Taliban move from agency to agency: from Tirah to Kurram and from Kurram to Khyber, every time it’s a new operation. The media must end its blackout of the tribal areas and the military should allow reporters in to the see the situation firsthand.” --Hasan Turi, student, Kurram Agency.

    “Before the operation, our people came together and decided to act against the Taliban on our own. Local militants also supported the indigenous action and we went to the corps commander and KP governor with our suggestion. They agreed to give us 15 days to get these elements out, failing which, we were promised time to evacuate. But the operation was announced ahead of time and our people had no time to leave with dignity.” --Noor Rehman Dawar, jirga member, Miramshah.
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    IDPs bemoan state’s apathy, neglect



    BANNU: People displaced from North Waziristan Agency were standing in a long queue outside Bannu’s sports complex where UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has set up a camp for food distribution.

    They were waiting in sizzling heat since early morning for their turn to get food.

    Soldiers, with heads covered in scarves and guns slinging from shoulders, would occasionally tap the ground with sticks to maintain discipline. A strong and foul odour coming from the surroundings polluted the air along the main road.

    Thousands of people who came from Lakki Marwat and Karak districts and parts of Bannu had assembled outside the complex. Police resorted to firing in the air and baton-charge early in the morning to restore order.

    With sweat dripping from his brow, Noorul Amin, a grey-haired Ahmadzai Wazir, was also waiting to receive food. His family took shelter with a host family in Serai Nowrung, a town in Lakki Marwat district about 18km south of Bannu.

    He had been coming to the complex for three days to get food. He blamed the government for what he said was the forced evacuation from the agency and maltreatment at the hands of soldiers and police.

    “By God, I will hold (Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif and (Army Chief) Raheel Sharif by the collar on the Day of Judgment. First, we were forced to leave our homes and then we are humiliated here for a small quantity of food,” he said. “We are not even treated like animals.”

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    According to the Fata Disaster Management Authority, there is only one food distribution point for over 36,800 families.

    The food distribution process is extremely slow. People come early in the morning and stand in queue for the whole day. The food basket provided to each family contains 80kg of wheat flour, 4kg pulses, 30 packets of high-energy biscuits, 1kg salt and five litres of cooking oil.

    The WFP said that since the start of food distribution work on June 22, it has provided rations for 15 days to over 4,600 families. Like previous disasters, troops are overseeing all the activities, including distribution of food.

    An official said that on an average 1,800 families received handouts daily. Three more distribution points are proposed to be set up next month to streamline the relief operation.

    The military operation in the agency was on the cards since long, but the way people were evacuated and the mismanagement at the distribution point showed lack of coordination between law enforcement and disaster management authorities.

    Also exposed was the lack of preparedness on the part of agencies dealing with the disaster.

    Like in the past, disaster management bodies are depending on security forces and troops are controlling everything from evacuation of civilians to distribution of relief items. Officials of the disaster management bodies have restricted themselves to file work. Workers of the NGOs which are partners of the UN agency are involved in distributing the food items.

    Falah-i-Insaniat, a subsidiary of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and Jamaat-i-Islami’s Al Khidmat Foundation have been offering water to people in the distribution point’s waiting area. They have also kept ambulances on standby and set up donation camps.

    Also read: Zarb-i-Azb is war of survival, says ISPR chief

    Workers of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam have also set up a small donation camp near the sports complex.

    The PML-N has put up banners in the garrison area of the city to express solidarity with the army. A portrait of Gen Sharif has overshadowed smaller pictures of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mahtab Ahmed Khan on a banner which says: “We salute Pak Army.”

    After reaching Bannu, displaced families have started heading to others areas of the country. The trend has worried officials dealing with security-related matters.

    Officials said that over 450,000 people had been registered and the figure might surpass 600,000 if evacuation was not stopped from other areas of North Waziristan. Local people said that evacuation had been completed only from two sub-divisions – Mirali and Miramshah.

    They said that Razmak sub-division, comprising Sham, Dusali, Razmak, Madakhel and parts of Spin Wam and Shawa, has not been vacated so far. Because the focus of the army operation is Mirali and Miramshah, people from there have been evacuated.

    Madakhel, adjacent to the Afghan border, is said to be under the influence of Hafiz Gul Bahadur who is emir of Shura Mujahideen of North Waziristan Agency and signatory to a 2006 peace agreement with the government.

    Exemption of Madakhel and other areas from the evacuation process has raised hopes among the displaced people that they would be able to go back to their abodes soon.
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    BISP plans to extend help to IDPs



    ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has joined hands with other organisations to provide long-term relief to people displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan.

    The social safety net has planned to conduct a quick survey of internally displaced people and include all IDPs in its financial assistance programme.

    This was decided at a meeting held on Thursday between BISP Chairman Enver Baig and Minister for State and Frontier Regions retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch.

    Beneficiaries of the BISP are identified through a poverty scorecard survey but the exercise could not be done in North Waziristan Agency because of security reasons, officials said.

    Mr Baig issued directive for conducting the survey immediately so that the payment could be made to IDPs. They will be entitled to all benefits, including conditional and unconditional cash transfer, health insurance and vocational training programmes. The BISP chief expressed the hope that these efforts would bring the impoverished and underprivileged people to the mainstream of society.

    Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014
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    Re: The IDPs from North Waziristan

    I am sick of all this complaining. To the liberals of Pakistan who don't know what is going on, first of all, they were the ones that sheltered foreign and local terrorists for years. Secondly, they tried to live by their laws, by their jirga system; and alienated themselves from Pakistan by their autonomous status, and following Pashtunwali instead of Pakistani law.

    If anyone is to blame, it is the tribal elders. Then, the militants got too strong for them (the very people they hosted), and wouldn't let the children get polio drops, and we got the polio endemic from them throughout the country. Then, they went to Karachi and other parts of the country, and started taking over. The Pakistani people have sacrificed a lot for the tribals, have they ever thought about that?

    When drone strikes were going on, there were protests. When militants are on the loose, the liberal media people say there is a severe need for operation. Once the operation starts, then they say innocent people are getting killed, and no militants are being killed. From what I know about this operation, the military has done an excellent job separating the militants from the civilians, letting the civilians get out, and avoid as much collateral damage as possible. It is an almost impossible job, with little to no support from the tribals in distinguishing the militants from the civilians, but the military has done a damn good job.

    And why has a military operation taken place only taken place in North Waziristan? The militants have all their launching pads, their infrastructure, their bomb making factories, their control systems there; it is not like that in Karachi or any where else in Pakistan. While there are no-go areas in Karachi, there are no bomb making factories in Karachi, or anywhere else in Pakistan. There are no training camps for fidayeen in Karachi, but there are in North Waziristan.

    The writ of the government had to be established in North Waziristan, the tribal customs/system has failed, and whether people like it or not, it should be absorbed by the KP province, and follow Pakistani law. While these people have had to go through difficult times being displaced inside the country from time to time, these people have caused too much trouble for Pakistan as well.
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    Pakistan 'unprepared' for refugees fleeing operation against Taliban

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    Pakistan 'unprepared' for refugees fleeing operation against Taliban

    Almost half million flee planned army action in North Waziristan, with displaced and others accusing government over relief effort

    Jon Boone in Islamabad and Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul
    The Guardian, Thursday 26 June 2014 18.38 BST


    That Pakistan's army was likely to unleash a military onslaught against Taliban safe havens near the Afghan border has been an open secret for months. But authorities have been condemned for a lack of preparedness for the inevitable exodus of refugees, now living in miserable conditions after fleeing fighting in North Waziristan.

    About 466,000 people have poured out of the tribal agency bordering Afghanistan following the start on 15 June of a long-awaited effort to stamp out the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups who have made the region their home. There was little infrastructure awaiting the internally displaced people (IDPs) who continue to enter Bannu, a district among one of Pakistan's least developed.

    Soldiers have fired live rounds to deter furious crowds of IDPs, who complain there is no shelter, not enough to eat and that they have been barred from moving to other areas of Pakistan.

    Ghani Rahman, waiting at an aid distribution point in Bannu, said the government had offered nothing.

    "This food is not from the Pakistan government, it is from the WFP," said the 55-year-old, referring to the UN's World Food Programme. "We are very thankful to the WFP because otherwise my family could not survive."

    Other groups stepping in to fill the gap with humanitarian assistance include foreign government aid agencies and wealthy Pakistani businessmen.

    IDPs complain of people charging extortionate rent for basic shelter and Islamabad's failure to hand over promised financial handouts.

    Although a temporary camp has been set up in the nearby "frontier region", few have been willing to move there, arguing it is insecure. Many have instead commandeered space in government schools and colleges.

    Dawn, one of Pakistan's leading newspapers, described the relief effort "as one of the more miserable and haphazard IDP management programmes in memory".

    The military effort, dubbed Operation Zarb-e-Azb, had long been expected following the predicted breakdown of government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.

    It is only the latest in a number of operations launched against militant havens over the years, all of which have created large number of refugees.

    "North Waziristan has been on the anvil for a very, very long time and the government should have been prepared for every eventuality," said Afrasiab Khattak, a senator for the state in which Bannu is located. "Unfortunately in our country we only think of military aspects of an operation and no one bothers with the humanitarian crisis."

    The IDPs have also complained of being stopped from moving into other provinces – an illegal restriction on their right to free movement within the country.

    Khattack said such behaviour would deepen grievances among Pashtuns, the ethnic group that dominates the tribal north-west of the country.

    "People say IDP really only stands for 'internally displaced Pashtun'," he said. "Pashtuns are discriminated against by the rulers who regard the peripheries of the country as dispensable."

    Some Pakistanis have been shocked that around 70,000 North Waziris opted to move into the eastern Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika rather than Pakistan.

    Traditionally the flow of refugees has been the other way: millions of Afghans fled to Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s and the civil war of the 1990s, and around 2.5 million have still not returned to Afghanistan.

    Bo Schack, the head of the UN refugees agency in Kabul, said the movement of IDPs into Afghanistan was "somewhat of a surprise. This is certainly the first time ever we are seeing large scale movement over to Khost and Paktika."

    The refugees had been accommodated by locals and the Afghan authorities "in a very positive way", he added.

    After weeks of air strikes against what were described as terrorist camps, the Pakistani army said on Wednesday that it had begun shelling Miranshah, the North Waziristan capital. The military claims it has so far killed 361 militants, although such claims are impossible to verify.

    A large ground offensive had been delayed while the army sought to evacuate civilians from the area. Although military checkpoints were designed to trap militants inside the tribal agency, it is likely many have slipped through hidden among civilians.

    While IDPs who spoke to the Guardian all hoped to return home in a matter of months, the army is likely to encounter stiff resistance in the weeks to come. Nearly all of the previous operations mounted against militants have left thousands permanently cut off from their home.

    Most glaring are the people displaced by a massive operation in South Waziristan in 2009 which Pakistan's army has long hailed as a success. Many are yet to return to their homes.

    Khalid Munir, a retired colonel who served in the tribal region, said a successful operation in the last of the Taliban's safe havens would bring long-awaited security to neighbouring Southern Waziristan too. "The foreign militants remaining in North Waziristan have nowhere to run," he said. "They will have to fight, allowing the operation to move much faster than in South Waziristan."
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    Re: Pakistan 'unprepared' for refugees fleeing operation against Taliban

    Seems poorly organized. We have to balance up the pros and cons.....If this stops the Terrorists in their tracks then this in the long term is advantageous for all concerned. The amount of troops and arms involved suggests it will be a short operation.

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    Nawaz visits IDPs: 'Govt, army will work together for rehabilitation'

    BANNU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday visited the camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bannu, and said that the government will work with the military and will not hesitate to spend any sum for their rehabilitation.

    On arrival, army chief General Raheel Sharif received the Prime Minister.

    PM Nawaz said a sum of Rs40,000 per family would be granted to the refugees in the month of Ramadan, DawnNews reported.

    The premier acknowledged that it was not easy for people to evacuate their homes but added there was no shortage of resources to relocate IDPs.

    He said the army and the government would combine efforts to alleviate the problems faced by the people.

    On the occasion, military officials gave a detailed briefing to the prime minister on the arrangements made for the internally displaced persons of North Waziristan in relief camps. He also met with the soldiers and officers of the Pakistan Army.

    PM Nawaz underscored that terrorism had challenged the state's writ.

    He also said that the homes destroyed during the operation in North Waziristan would be constructed soon, adding that the government would also build new schools, hospitals and roads.

    He was accompanied by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and State Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch.

    PM Nawaz had also extended an invitation to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan which was declined by Khan, who cited the party’s upcoming Bahawlpur rally as the reason for why he would not be able to visit the camps personally.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1115488/naw...rehabilitation

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    PM Nawaz announces Rs20,000 Ramazan package for each family

    BANNU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a Ramazan package worth Rs20,000 for each family of internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Friday.

    The prime minister made the announcement while addressing the IDPs in Bannu. The Ramazan package is in addition to the earlier announced monthly allowance of Rs20,000 which includes Rs5,000 for non-food items and Rs3,000 for rent.

    Earlier this morning, the premier arrived in Bannu in a helicopter to visit the camps and was received by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. Nawaz was accompanied by Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, K-P Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Minister Lieutenant General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch.

    Speaking to the IDPs, the prime minister remarked that helping the IDPs was the government’s responsibility and not a favour.

    Nawaz said that his government will spend as much as money as required.

    “We are working day and night to solve your problems and we will not leave you in these difficult times,” the premier stated, empathising with the IDPs.

    Nawaz told the IDPs that they will return to their homes in peace very soon and their houses will be rebuilt as well.

    The premier remarked that he understands how the IDPs are feeling, further stating that he knows it is not easy to leave one’s home.

    Before addressing the IDPs, Nawaz had a meeting with the people who accompanied him to discuss the situation of the displaced people.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/727834/h...r-each-family/

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    PTI government under fire over displaced persons’ misery

    MINGORA: Awami National Party provincial president and former chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Thursday criticised the PTI-led provincial government for failing to provide relief and shelter to most internally displaces persons of North Waziristan Agency.

    Talking to reporters here, Hoti said over 2.5 million people were displaced from Swat and other districts of Malakand division due to military operation during the ANP government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but they all were provided with necessary relief and facilities.

    He said the current provincial government had miserably failed to provide relief to IDPs of North Waziristan.

    Hoti says there should be no restriction on IDPs’ movement
    The ANP leader demanded the immediate provision of relief and shelter to IDPs and said all displaced persons were Pakistanis and there should be no restriction on their movement in the country.

    He said his party had reservations about the last general elections, especially in the province, as militant threats stopped its leaders and workers from canvassing.

    Hoti said he thought PTI chief Imran Khan’s protest against the alleged election rigging in provinces other than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was pointless.

    “We’d been forced to refrain from carrying out election campaign in the province, which is also rigging,” he said.

    The ANP leader said his party believed in political system and won’t be part of any struggle aimed at toppling the government.

    Earlier, he along with ANP leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Aqil Shah, Sardar Hussain Babak, Wajid Ali Khan, Ayub Khan and Sher Shah Khan, met senior politician Afzal Khan Lala at his house in Dureshkhela area here and discussed political issues.

    Hoti also met disgruntled ANP leader Haji Hameedur Rehman at his residence in Kanjo and promised necessary action to address his reservations.

    He also went to the house of ANP leader Khalilur Rehman, who was gunned down lately, and offered fateha for the departed soul.

    Dengue Case
    A dengue case was reported in Mingora on Thursday taking the number of people suffering from the killer disease in Swat district to four.

    Local officials said Sahibzada of Bara Bandai area had tested positive for dengue and was admitted to a ward set up at the Saidu Teaching Hospital for such patients.

    The administration claims it has completed a dengue awareness campaign in all sensitive areas of the district.

    Assistant commissioner of Swat Ashfaq Khan said the administration had declared all nine union councils of Mingora city the high-risk areas and that all preventive measures against the disease had already been taken.

    “We hope there will be no outbreak of dengue this year,” he said, adding that public awareness of the ways and means to prevent dengue was more important than cure.

    He said the administration had created separate wards in civil hospitals of all sensitive tehsils in Swat for dengue patients.

    Meanwhile, Saidu Teaching Hospital chief executive Professor Taj Mohammad Khan said a 100-bed ward had been set up for dengue patients at the hospital.

    He also said the hospital had offered a separate outdoor patient department to suspected dengue patients.

    Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1115444/pti...persons-misery

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    United States Helps Pakistani IDPs

    It is estimated that over half a million people have left their homes in FATA and South Waziristan; the consequences of military operations against the terrorists. In scorching summer and the month of fasting, Ramadan approaching it will be harder on families, who have left their homes to get away from war, make ends meet. We are sure the announcement of an additional 8 million dollars towards food for the IDPs is a welcome gesture from the people of the United States. The contribution, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of the ongoing efforts of the U.S. government and the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) under the Twinning Program. The Twinning Program is a partnership between the Government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international donor community through which wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan is transformed into fortified wheat flour and distributed in the most vulnerable communities. Donor funds are used to cover the costs of milling, fortification, storage, transport, and distribution of the wheat flour. This new commitment by the U.S. government will enable WFP to transform approximately 38,000 metric tons of wheat into fortified wheat flour, providing more nutritional food for the IDPs over a two-month period.

    "The United States' commitment to the Twinning Program is a demonstration of our support to the internally displaced population from the FATA and the incredibly important partnership between the Government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international community," said USAID Acting Mission Director, Nancy Estes.

    The United States has a long-standing history of, and commitment to, working together with Pakistan to provide humanitarian assistance and support human and social development. In 2014, USAID provided over $60 million in food assistance to Pakistan, in addition to the $8 million in support of the Twinning Program. Since 2009, the United States has provided over $1.4 billion in humanitarian assistance to Pakistan, making it the largest bilateral provider of humanitarian assistance. For a video documentary about the Twinning Program, please visit http://vimeo.com/94153059.


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    Afridi to stage charity T20 for NWA IDPs



    KARACHI: Pakistan cricket legend Shahid Afridi said Friday he is planning a Twenty20 match to raise money for almost half a million people displaced by a military operation in the country's northwest.

    More than 470,000 have fled the offensive against strongholds of the Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan tribal area on the Afghan border.

    Aid efforts have been stepped up to cope with the exodus and Afridi, who was born in Pakistan's tribal areas, said he wanted to help.

    “I am in talks with the authorities and will soon announce a Twenty20 match in Lahore to raise funds,” the big-hitting allrounder told reporters.

    The 34-year-old was speaking at the launch of his charity foundation which will focus on mothers and internal refugees.

    Afridi said the foundation had set up a 16-bed maternity hospital in remote Tangi Banda village in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    “I want to return to my country what it has given me and with an aim to serve my people,” he said.

    The $160,000 hospital named after Afridi's father Fazlur Rehman was paid for by the star, who said he had been inspired by former captain Imran Khan.

    “Imran set an example for all of us,” said Afridi.

    Khan runs a cancer hospital in Lahore through charity.

    Afridi said his foundation would also work on education and sports to turn youngsters away from the path of extremism.

    “The youth in remote areas have no education and so whoever wants to change their mind for their motives can use them for suicide bombings and other negative work,” said Afridi.

    “If we educate them then they can be more helpful for the country.”

    Afridi, who has played 378 one-day internationals and 74 Twenty20s for Pakistan, said he would spare more time for his foundation after the 2015 World Cup.

    He retired from Tests in 2010 after playing 27 matches.
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    PM vows to go the extra mile for IDPs



    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday promised to increase government spending on all those displaced by the offensive in North Waziristan Agency and saluted their great sacrifices for the country’s brighter future.

    “The internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Waziristan are sacrificing their today for a better future and the curse of terrorism will be rooted out from this country because of their sacrifices,” he said during a tour of IDP camps in Bannu on Friday.

    Acknowledging the difficulties of IDPs, the prime minister said, “we are working day and night to ease your woes.”

    He assured the affected people that the government “will spend the maximum [needed] for IDPs, even if the amount is in billions or trillions”. “We are with you in these difficult times and for this purpose, we have put all of our resources in force.”

    PM Nawaz announced that an additional amount of Rs20,000 per month would be given to each family during the month of Ramazan. He said that the allowance of Rs12,000 per month, apart from the monthly Rs3,000 house rent and Rs5,000 food allowance, are already being given to each dislocated family.

    In total, they would be getting Rs40,000 for the month of Ramazan.

    The prime minister emphasised, “This is no favour, but the duty of this government and the right of the IDPs”. He added, “The government has already made arrangements to provide fodder, grass and feed for [your] livestock. Medical dispensaries will soon be installed where free-of-charge treatment and medicines will be available. Everyone will be given polio vaccinations by the Pakistan Army.”

    He also appraised the gathering about the future developmental plans in the affected area. “We are also planning the reconstruction of the affected houses in the area to rehabilitate IDPs once the operation is over. We are simultaneously planning to develop the Fata region with roads, houses, water and sanitation facilities, and other civic amenities so that the lives of the people are at a par with the rest of the country.”

    The prime minister appreciated the army officers and its jawans for their sacrifices and commitment for the cause of the nation and said the army is giving up their lives and salaries for the IDPs and they deserve praise from the whole nation for this.

    “Inshallah, terrorism will be banished and Pakistan will prosper,” he concluded.

    On his arrival to Bannu, the prime minister was received by Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani. He was briefed by Major General Akhtar Jamil about the arrangements made for the IDPs of North Waziristan and he later distributed relief goods and food packages.
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    These people are experiencing the roughest time of their lives. The Pakistan government must work hard to elevate the suffering

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    Hope - Not Out!: Boom Boom Afridi breaks ground on maternity hospital in Kohat

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    KARACHI:

    A three-year-old climbing down a mountain barefoot with his mother and a younger sibling to visit the newly-built maternity hospital – the only one – in Kohat was called over by a man sitting by the hospital. The man looked at the child’s feet and noticed they were bleeding, scraped from their walk to the hospital.

    The man was Shahid Afridi, and it was at that moment that he knew he’d done the right thing by opening a hospital in his hometown.

    On Friday, the cricketer launched the Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in partnership with Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in Karachi.

    “I looked at the child and I thought of my children,” he said while talking to The Express Tribune. “My village did not even have a road. On my request, former president Pervez Musharraf built a road here. But a hospital – that is nothing short of a dream come true.” Afridi’s father had previously built a mosque and madrassa for the locals here, but as his son says, “Health Hai Tou Sab Kuch Hai [Health is everything].”

    The hospital was intended to be a one-room clinic. With the aid of family and friends, it has been developed into a 16-bed hospital. “I had only intended for a one-room clinic catering to expecting mothers in my hometown,” Afridi explained. The hospital is built on the site of Afridi’s fathers lands in the village of Tangi Banda at a cost of Rs16 million.

    The Foundation’s philosophy is simple. “If Pakistan has given its citizens so much, why not give back to the country?” it asks. “I have received so much love and respect from my country and I want to give back to them by as much as I can. “I don’t want anything else but the prayers of my people,” Afridi said.

    Afridi plans to initiate pilot projects in different villages focusing on health, education and sports. “Youngsters should be given opportunities in sports and so I will create those opportunities for them,” he said. Former celebrated squash player Jehangir Khan and ex-chief cricket selector Salahuddin Sallu were also present at Friday’s launch and a video statement from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan supporting Afridi’s initiative was shared at the event. “I’ve just gotten started and I have many more projects in the pipeline,” Afridi said.

    Speaking with the media during the launch, Afridi remarked that a charity match should be organised and played in the country, with funds gathered for those displaced from North Waziristan due to Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

    Official spokesperson for the Foundation, Anila Weldon, said the hospital aims to train midwives in 14 villages in the area. “When Afridi came to me to ask for help I was worried he was planning for more sixers,” joked HBL’s head of strategy and investment Aman Siddiqui.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razamustafa76 View Post
    Hope - Not Out!: Boom Boom Afridi breaks ground on maternity hospital in Kohat

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    KARACHI:

    A three-year-old climbing down a mountain barefoot with his mother and a younger sibling to visit the newly-built maternity hospital – the only one – in Kohat was called over by a man sitting by the hospital. The man looked at the child’s feet and noticed they were bleeding, scraped from their walk to the hospital.

    The man was Shahid Afridi, and it was at that moment that he knew he’d done the right thing by opening a hospital in his hometown.

    On Friday, the cricketer launched the Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in partnership with Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in Karachi.

    “I looked at the child and I thought of my children,” he said while talking to The Express Tribune. “My village did not even have a road. On my request, former president Pervez Musharraf built a road here. But a hospital – that is nothing short of a dream come true.” Afridi’s father had previously built a mosque and madrassa for the locals here, but as his son says, “Health Hai Tou Sab Kuch Hai [Health is everything].”

    The hospital was intended to be a one-room clinic. With the aid of family and friends, it has been developed into a 16-bed hospital. “I had only intended for a one-room clinic catering to expecting mothers in my hometown,” Afridi explained. The hospital is built on the site of Afridi’s fathers lands in the village of Tangi Banda at a cost of Rs16 million.

    The Foundation’s philosophy is simple. “If Pakistan has given its citizens so much, why not give back to the country?” it asks. “I have received so much love and respect from my country and I want to give back to them by as much as I can. “I don’t want anything else but the prayers of my people,” Afridi said.

    Afridi plans to initiate pilot projects in different villages focusing on health, education and sports. “Youngsters should be given opportunities in sports and so I will create those opportunities for them,” he said. Former celebrated squash player Jehangir Khan and ex-chief cricket selector Salahuddin Sallu were also present at Friday’s launch and a video statement from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan supporting Afridi’s initiative was shared at the event. “I’ve just gotten started and I have many more projects in the pipeline,” Afridi said.

    Speaking with the media during the launch, Afridi remarked that a charity match should be organised and played in the country, with funds gathered for those displaced from North Waziristan due to Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

    Official spokesperson for the Foundation, Anila Weldon, said the hospital aims to train midwives in 14 villages in the area. “When Afridi came to me to ask for help I was worried he was planning for more sixers,” joked HBL’s head of strategy and investment Aman Siddiqui.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/728124/h...ital-in-kohat/
    A very commendable move from Afridi sahib.

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    A very commendable move from Afridi sahib.
    He has always been a generous fellow with his people.

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    North Waziristan IDPs await registration in Peshawar

    PESHAWAR: Majority of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arriving in Peshawar from North Waziristan are still awaiting formal registration.

    Scores of tribesmen residing in areas of Hayatabad Township complained that teams set up for mobile registration purpose were missing for the past three days.

    Muhammad Hafeez, an affectee, said Governor Khyber Pakhtukhawa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed had formed a team for mobile registration of North Waziristan affectees but the team did not arrive for the purpose.

    “We have been waiting for the last two days daily in Phase 6 at a house to facilitate the affectees but no one is coming to them since Thursday,” Hafeez said, adding that they were forced to sit in the scorching heat.

    Ihsan, another displaced person from the North Waziristan Agency, said that tribesmen who arrived after a tiresome journey were undergoing severe mental stress as on one hand, they were not being registered while on the other hand, law enforcement agencies were also harassing them.

    He said that the registration process should be expedited so that affectees would not only have proper legal cover to live peacefully but would also be able to garner assistance from the government.

    He said that the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) had not sent out its team for registration despite repeated requests, lamenting that “some times they display concern while other times they make excuses."

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1115716/nor...on-in-peshawar

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    Re: The IDPs from North Waziristan

    Balochistan chief minister announces Rs50m grant for IDPs



    QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has announced a grant of Rs50 million for people displaced from North Waziristan.

    Speaking during a session of Balochistan Assembly on Saturday, the chief minister said there was no ban on the entry of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into the province, but they had to undergo security search.

    Know more: Sindh CM announces Rs50m for IDPs

    Members of the assembly announced that they would donate one month’s salary for the welfare of IDPs.

    The session was presided over by Speaker Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali.

    Dr Baloch says he himself selected Arsalan Iftikhar for the Balochistan Investment Board post
    Dr Baloch said his government and the people of Balochistan would welcome the people displaced by the military operation in North Waziristan Agency.

    Responding to objections raised by some legislators over the nomination of son of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as vice-chairman of the Balochistan Investment Board, the chief minister said he himself had selected Arsalan Iftikhar for the post because the latter hailed from Balochistan.

    If any legislator or leader of a coalition party had issues over the appointment, the government was ready to resolve them through discussions, he added.

    Opposition member Sardar Abdur Rehman Khetran had objected to the appointment and said Arsalan was involved in corruption.

    The house approved the names of lawmakers for the formation of standing committees. Chairpersons of the committees would be selected later.

    Speaking on points of order, members of the house congratulated the chief minister and speaker for finalising the names of members of the standing committees. They said the move would strengthen democratic norms and help improve the performance of the house.

    Minister for Services and General Administration Nawab Mohammad Khan Shahwani tabled the Balochistan Judicial Academy (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and bills for salary, allowances and privileges of chief minister, ministers, speaker, deputy speaker and members of the house.
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    How to help Waziristan IDPs?

    To assist displaced brethren from North Waziristan, donation camps have been established by Pakistan Army at Karachi and Lahore. At Karachi donations collection points have been established at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil,doation collection point has been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526.

    At Lahore donation collection points have been established at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, 03216812531, 111-929-909, 0494-310005 ( Chonia Cantt).

    Donation can also be deposited in Askari Bank Limited GHQ Branch Account no- 0028-010121825-8


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    WFP to continue food distribution among IDPs

    ISLAMABAD: The World Food Programme (WFP) will continue to provide food assistance to families from North Waziristan staying in Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D.I. Khan, Tank and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

    “We are working closely with the national and provincial authorities, civil society, and our utmost priority is to provide food to all displaced people in the shortest possible time,” WFP’s Country Director Lola Castro said in a statement.

    The federal government has announced an additional contribution of 25,000 tons of wheat to the UN food agency to continue providing the food ration to all displaced people in KP.

    An additional 25,000 tons of wheat expected to be provided by the federal government
    With this contribution, the WFP will be able to continue its relief assistance until early September. USAID has provided $5.5 million to cover the cost of milling, fortifying and distributing the wheat.

    The WFP is distributing its standard food basket of fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and iodised salt as well as high-energy biscuits for children.

    Assistance is being provided from humanitarian hub established in Bannu and Lakki Marwat. Plans are under way to set up more hubs and to operate from distribution points for displaced families in D.I. Khan and Tank.

    According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, around 36,000 families have been registered as displaced since security forces launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan earlier this month.

    Published in Dawn, June 30th, 2014

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