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    The IDPs from North Waziristan

    PESHAWAR/BANNU: Thousands of displaced men, women and children were stranded on Friday at checkpoints, waiting for clearance from the authorities amid a mass exodus from North Waziristan.

    The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) said 227,049 people, including 100,370 children, had been registered at the Saidgi checkpoint on the Bannu-Miramshah road. An official said thousands of families were on way to Bannu.

    Witnesses said the families left on foot for Bannu during curfew relaxation. Long queues of people were seen waiting at the checkpoints for clearance by the authorities.

    “It’s like a sea of people heading towards Bannu, some of them are going on foot and some on trucks with their belongings,” a tribal youth, Nasr Minallah, said.

    Hideouts destroyed near Miramshah
    He said he had left Miramshah on Thursday and reached Bakakhel before dawn on Friday. Long queues of vehicles transporting the displaced families were at the checkpoints, he said.

    “In many areas, elderly men and women preferred to stay back and send their children to seek shelter,” Mr Minallah said.

    Another tribesman, Abdul Karim, said the drivers and owners of vehicles were fleecing the families because of shortage of transport. “I had to pay Rs 65,000 to a trucker to shift my family from Miramshah to Bannu,” he said.

    A three-day curfew relaxation in North Waziristan ended on Friday and it is unclear if the relaxation would continue on Saturday.

    People in Bannu said there was an imminent threat of food shortage because of the huge influx of tribal families into the district. There is also shortage of accommodation and many families have taken shelter in school buildings, while a considerable number of people are out in the open.

    Residents said that many of the newly displaced families were proceeding towards Punjab to seek shelter with relatives and friends.

    Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch told reporters in Peshawar that the government was aware of the plight of the displaced people and their needs would be fulfilled. He said the Bannu commissioner had been appointed the focal person to oversee arrangements.

    The civil secretariat of Federally Administered Tribal Areas said in a statement that food stamps and ration cards of Rs7,000 per month per family were likely to be issued to the IDPs verified by the National Database and Registration Authority.

    It said an agreement had been reached to provide mobile phone SIMs to the displaced people.

    MILITARY ACTION: According to a press release issued by the military, terrorist hideouts in Qutab Khel on the outskirts of Miramshah were destroyed on Friday.

    Cobra gunships, artillery and snipers took coordinated action and 12 terrorists, including foreigners, were killed. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed.

    The ISPR said terrorists inside cordoned areas were making desperate attempts to flee. “Six attempts were foiled last night.”

    Three locals who did not have any proof of identity were apprehended while trying to flee from the cordon.

    The press release said that 24 suspects who were trying to flee in the garb of IDPs had been apprehended at various posts in Mirali and Miramshah.

    Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2014

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    Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates: N Waziristan residents given one more day to evacuate area



    After a long period of speculation, which also included attempts at peace talks, Pakistan on Sunday launched a military operation against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

    As the Pakistan Army embarks on this critical mission, get all the updates of the operation, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, here.

    All stories relating to Zarb-e-Azb can be found on this trend page as well.

    Below is an interactive Google map of North Waziristan, which follows the Zarb-e-Azab Operation, and will be updated as information flows in.

    Navigate military strikes and areas of influence from the key on the left. To get details of individual attacks, hover over the pins and click them. Zoom in for a closer look, change the display type or switch extra layers off .

    The yellow pins mark drone strikes that have occurred in the region since the operation began.

    June 21, 10:05pm
    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has asked the police and security agencies to pool their resources to fully secure the twin cities, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and its residents in wake of the recently launched operation in the tribal areas.
    For more details, you can read the full story here.
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    June 21, 10:00pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday advised the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend roaming services currently extended to Afghan Subscriber Information Modules.
    For more details, you can read the full story here.
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    June 21, 6:12pm
    Residents of North Waziristan have been given one more day to evacuate the area.
    Earlier, the last day for leaving the agency was today (Saturday); however, the deadline has been extended to Sunday and the curfew has been relaxed, according to Express News.
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    June 21, 5:59pm
    All ranks of the army will donate one day’s pay to the IDPs, according to ISPR reports Express News.
    DG ISPR Asim Bajwa has said that the army will also provide 30-days of ration for the IDPs.

    So far, the government has registered 227,049 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected due to the ongoing operation in North Waziristan with the help of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
    According to the latest official data made available on Saturday, the government registered 15,757 families including 56,214 males, 70,465 females and 100,370 children.
    Four rehabilitation centers have been established at Dera Ismail Khan, Laki Marwat, Bannu and Tank where IDPs would be processed through the verification of NADRA, according to officials.
    A control room had also been established in the Ministry of States and Frontier Region to provide rehabilitation services for the IDPs that was working round-the-clock and providing every type of information.
    A cash amount of Rs12,000 was being paid to every IDP family for food assistance, and NADRA was verifying them one by one at the established centers.



    A young Internally Displaced Pakistani girl from the North Waziristan tribal region gives drink oral rehydration solution (ORS) to a baby at the Women and Children Hospital in Bannu. PHOTO: AFP
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    June 21, 12:07pm
    Thirty militants were killed in targeted strikes by jet aircrafts in Khyber and North Waziristan Agencies early morning today, according to an ISPR press release.
    According to details, at 2am, jet aircraft destroyed two hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency, killing 10 terrorists.
    At 5am, three hideouts were destroyed in Hassu Khel in North Waziristan Agency, killing 15 militants. All strikes were made in areas where there is no civil population, the statement added.
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    June 21, 9:57am
    DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said on twitter that tribal leaders have announced their support for the military operation:

    June 21, 8:43am
    Jet planes of the Pakistan Air Force bombed militant hideouts in the Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, leaving three militants dead and six others injured, Express News reported.
    One militant hideout was completely destroyed in the bombing, which was carried out after credible information about the presence of militants.


    June 20, 7:47pm
    “Three terrorist hideouts in the Qutab Khel area, on the outskirts of Miramshah were destroyed early morning today by gunship helicopters. It was an integrated action by cobra gunships, artillery and snipers. Twelve terrorists including foreigners were killed in the strikes. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed,” an ISPR press release said.
    The statement went on to add that while the operation progresses as per plan, terrorists inside cordoned area are making desperate attempts to flee from area. “Six attempts were foiled last night. Three locals who did not have any identity proof were apprehended while trying to flee from the cordon.”
    Further, the statement added, another 24 suspects, who were trying to flee in the garb of IDPs, have been apprehended at various ‘strangulation’ check posts in Mirali and Miramshah.

    An organised evacuation of IDPs continues from North Waziristan Agency towards FR Bannu, said the statement. “Till now 200,000 persons have been evacuated from the area. So far 11 families (92 individuals) have been enlisted in the IDP camp, Bakkakhel, Bannu.”
    Further, 400 Afghan families left North Waziristan Agency for Afghanistan through Ghulam Khan Border village yesterday. They were provided all required administrative assistance.
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    June 20, 6:47pm
    During the prime minister’s visit to the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, he was informed that 232 terrorists had been killed in the ongoing operation, and 20 terrorist hideouts have also been destroyed.
    Eight soldiers were killed and seven injured during the operation.
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    June 20, 4:16pm
    Gunship helicopters pounded militant targets in North Waziristan Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 150,000.
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    June 20, 3:10pm
    The United Nations (UN) health agencies are supporting Pakistan’s humanitarian efforts to help thousands of people who have left North Waziristan where armed forces have launched an anti-terrorist operation, a UN spokesperson said on Thursday.
    Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, while speaking at a regular media briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, said that access remained the “greatest challenge” in the areas of displacement and urged the authorities to improve the humanitarian space.
    He said an estimated 34,000 people fled North Waziristan on Wednesday, following a relaxation in the curfew, bringing the total number of people displaced from the area since May to some 100,000. Further movement was anticipated, he added.
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    June 20, 2:46pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, Express News reported.
    The premier gave a briefing of the operation and the assistance being provided to the IDPs.

    June 20, 9:17 am
    Gunship helicopters shell suspected militant hideouts in Qutub Khel suburb of Miramshah, Express News reports.
    Artillery shells are also being fired from security camps.
    Today is the last day for tribesmen to vacate the affected areas.

    June 19, 11:59 pm
    Pakistan has sought extradition of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah from Afghanistan.

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    June 19, 10:33pm
    Chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought national unity and stressed that “there is a need to extend full support to our jawans (soldiers) in the combat area.”
    Read more about the meeting here.
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    June 19, 10:10 pm
    Afghan president Hamid Karzai called prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday assuring the latter of former’s support.
    Read details of the call here.
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    June 19, 5:45pm
    The Foreign Office has clarified that drone strikes have no links with the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan, adding that it was completely misleading and wrong to attach the two.
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    June 19, 5:14pm
    Civilians are streaming out of a tribal area in a two-pronged exodus ahead of an expected ground assault against militants, officials said Thursday, with many crossing the border into Afghanistan.
    Tanks and troops have been mobilised and are expected to begin a new, more intense phase of the operation after a three-day window to allow civilians to leave the area, due to end on June 20.
    Officials say that at least 113,000 people have fled North Waziristan since initial air strikes began in May.
    “Afghan authorities have yet to prepare a final report but up to now they have provided assistance to 818 Pakistani families,” an official responsible for monitoring the displacement on the Afghan border told AFP.
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    June 19, 3:50pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said national unity is inevitable for the success of the military operation in North Waziristan, while talking to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, according to Radio Pakistan.
    The prime minister said Pakistan is fighting a decisive war against terrorists, adding that the jawans engaged in the war would be extended full support.
    He also said that IDPs in K-P would be fully assisted.
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    June 19, 3:22pm
    Fifteen terrorists were killed in Zartatangi mountain heights, east of Miramshah by army gunship cobra helicopters last night when spotted. It was one of the main communication centres of terrorists, said an ISPR statement.
    “In a separate sniper action, eight Uzbeks were killed around Miramshah while planting IEDs on the road Miramshah-Mirali,” the statement added.
    Further, the ISPR statement said, areas housing terrorists in North Wazirstan Agency are continuously being cordoned off, while terrorists’ attempts to flee the area have been foiled.
    “Today, evacuation of civil population from Miramshah and Ghulam Khan started. Check points have been established at various places where IDPs are being provided all administrative support including food items and medicine by security forces,” said the statement.
    Furthermore, it added that the number of registration points at Saidgai Post have been increased to 20 — 10 each for men and women, for speedy and organised evacuation. IDP camps at Bannu have also been established, the ISPR said in its statement.
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    June 19, 1:32pm
    According to an ISPR press release, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Air Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.

    Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif (R) and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt (L). PHOTO: ISPR
    Progress of the ongoing military operation was reviewed and matters of mutual interest were discussed.
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    June 19, 12:24pm
    A large number of IDPs have started to arrive at camps in Bannu, Express News reports.
    Hundreds of camps have been set up for IDPs in order to provide them with relief items.

    June 18, 10:24pm
    Sindh Cabinet has decided to seek help from UNHCR to register IDPs arriving in the province. Fears reprisal attacks.
    For more details on the decisions taken in the Sindh Cabinet, refer to the full story here.
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    June 18, 7:18pm
    All necessary arrangements to provide maximum relief to the IDPs from N Waziristan have been completed by the federal government, Radio Pakistan reported.
    Abdul Qadir Baloch, minister for states and frontier regions, said that 100,000 people have been shifted to settled districts from North Waziristan Agency so far.
    Tent villages have been established for the IDPs. Basic facilities such as clean drinking water, electricity and health service have also been arranged.
    The same facilities would also be given to people who have been shifted to safer places within North Waziristan Agency.

    June 18, 6:30pm
    The AJK Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution in support of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in its session in Muzaffarabad.
    Similarly, the Punjab Assembly also passed a resolution in support of the operation. The resolution, tabled by the Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, praised the prime minister for making the right decision in conducting the operation.
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    June 18, 4:24pm
    Military eases curfew in main towns of North Waziristan to allow civilians to flee offensive against the Taliban.
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    June 18, 2:52pm
    Residents of Mir Ali burnt down four houses of Uzbeks living in the area after giving them a warning to leave, Express News reported.
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    June 18, 1:08pm
    According to security forces, internally displaced persons are being shifted to camps after strict verification, Express News reports.
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    June 18, 1:03pm
    Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters, according to an ISPR press release.
    Operation Zarb-e-Azb and matters of mutual interest including measures to improve security along the Pakistan–Afghanistan border were discussed during the meeting.

    June 17, 9:50pm
    Instead of providing relief goods and food, the government has decided to initially provide each IDP family cash grant of Rs 12,000 to take care of their needs. Later, they would be provided with Rs 7,000 on a monthly basis.
    Read this story for more details on the government’s plan for taking care of IDPs.
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    June 17, 8:39pm
    The federal government announced on Tuesday that Rs500 million will be sanctioned for providing relief to the internally displacement persons (IDPs) fleeing the military operation in North Waziristan.
    Read here for more details on the government’s plan for taking care of IDPs.
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    June 17, 8:14pm
    Minister for States and Frontier Region Abdul Qadir Baloch, who has been tasked by the prime minister to oversee issues relating to the internally displaced people (IDPs), said all IDPs will be registered using biometric systems.
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    June 17, 8:02pm
    The top US military commander in Afghanistan says the US has increased its surveillance over the Afghan-Pakistan border since Pakistan began pounding a militant stronghold with airstrikes, BBC Urdu reported on Tuesday.
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told The Associated Press in an interview that the US was not coordinating military operations with Pakistan along the border, but officials have increased the amount of intelligence-sharing with the Afghans. He said the Afghan troops and US forces in that region were ready for any effects of the strikes, including extremists seeking refuge in Afghanistan.
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    June 17, 5:10pm
    DG ISPR Asim Bajwa has said the operation has not begun in the populated areas of N Waziristan to ensure terrorists don’t escape and civilians are safely evacuated.

    June 17, 5:08pm
    Expressing concern over the military operation in FATA, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman claimed that Parliament is helpless before the military establishment.
    “The army has taken a decision and parliament has given mere approval for it,” said Fazl during the National Assembly session.
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    June 17, 3:54pm
    Six terrorist hideouts including a training camp and an IED making factory around Hasokhel, North Waziristan Agency were destroyed by jet aircraft early morning today. Twenty-five foreign and local terrorists were killed in the strikes, according to a press release issued by ISPR.
    The statement went on to add that the operation in North Waziristan Agency is progressing as per plan. “Last night three terrorists were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Miramshah. One soldier got injured in exchange of fire.
    Further, the statement said, no operation in built up area has been started so far to ensure that no terrorist can escape the cordon and that civilians are safely evacuated after their detailed verification.
    “Necessary logistics and administrative arrangements for IDPs have been completed by the political administration and Disaster Management Agency. Security of IDP camp being ensured by Army troops,” the statement said.
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    June 17, 3:11pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to ensure provision of ample funds for the rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of the North Waziristan operation.
    Meanwhile, PM Nawaz has also directed Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch to visit affected areas of North Waziristan operation. The minister will remain present in the area to look after the displaced people.
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    June 17, 12:58pm
    Nawaz asks his Kabul counterpart Hamid Karzai to seal the porous Pak-Afghan border where the Pakistani army has deployed troops and tanks, AFP reports.
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    June 17, 11:58am
    Fresh air strikes early Tuesday target three militant strongholds in Mirali town in North Waziristan and kill 13 alleged militants, three security sources said, AFP reports.
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    June 17, 11:55am
    Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif cancels his visit to Sri Lanka due to the ongoing operation in North Waziristan Agency, The Express Tribune’s defence correspondent Kamran Yousaf reports.
    General Raheel was scheduled to travel to Colombo on Tuesday for a four-day trip. However the military’s media wing says the visit has been called off because of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

    June 16, 11:30pm
    “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called President Hamid Karazai and discussed issues on regional security,” said a statement issued by Prime Minister Office.
    Although the statement did not mention of operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Wazirstan, sources said that the PM had sought cooperation from the Afghan President.
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    Re: Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates

    Pause in strikes as North Waziristan empties out

    ISLAMABAD: Some 31,264 families and 394,319 civilians have been displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) since the military launched its Zarb-e-Azb operation against militants last week.

    These figures are based on the daily situation reports issued by chief secretary control room established at Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), according to a handout issued on Sunday by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) Information Directorate.
    On Sunday, the army temporarily halted its air strikes in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in a bid to allow the civilian population to leave the troubled region before the offensive becomes fiercer.

    A military official confirmed to The Express Tribune that there were no air strikes carried out and the main reason for the ‘pause’ was to give more time to civilians to move out of the restive agency. Authorities are expecting the exodus of tribesmen to continue on Monday (today).

    Speaking to The Express Tribune, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Member Operations Brig Mirza Kamran Zia said the main camp being established at Baka Khel in Bannu has the capacity to facilitate up to 200,000 IDPs and provides shelter, health, wash-rooms, mosques, electricity, water along with cooked food.

    At present, only 20 families have registered themselves at the camp so far, he added. Lack of credible information and the tendency of the displaced population to stay with host families or rented space have served as deterrents.
    Mirza said although the turnout had been low, the management authority was still making additional arrangements to expand the camp.

    “Camps were set up the day operation started. We are providing food and financial assistance to all people registering checkpoints,” he added.
    He said so far 30,000 families had crossed over and these people were provided free transport for daily evacuations. “If you include people who crossed over earlier, prior to June 14 than an additional couple of thousand families can be added,” said Mirza.
    Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has requested the government for an immediate release of 60,000 ton of wheat to meet emerging food demands of the IDPs. So far, the WFP Pakistan is the only UN agency that the government has requested assistance from.

    Presently, the WFP claims to have sufficient food supplies to support an additional 200,000 to 300,000 IDPs. The WFP, while utilising 150,000 tons of wheat from previous reserves, has also used an additional 26,000 tons of wheat that has been given by the government.
    However, as the WFP develops a strategy to support up to 1,000 displaced families, it has requested the government of Pakistan to provide an additional 60,000 tons of wheat as soon as possible.

    Official from the WFP said the agency as well as the government was in a good shape to provide assistance with existing resources and there was no need to launch an appeal for donor assistance so far.
    The WFP will be providing food items for a month which include wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil, salt high energy biscuits, and specialised food for children and women. The military is providing cooked meals to families and items such as rice, juices, water and dates are given to families.

    Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2014.

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    Re: Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates

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    I hope they don't allow the terrorists to escape whilst there is a pause.
    I heard the military forces are keeping a special check on militants posing in civilian clothes. They are not letting them get into Afghanistan; Balochistan, or any part of Pakistan besides these IDP camps sponsored by the military, so I am sure they are making all arrangements to make sure terrorists don't escape.
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    Pakistan army donations account details to help 7 lakh IDPs of waziristan




    Press Release

    No PR140/2014-ISPR
    Dated: June 22, 2014

    Rawalpindi - June 22, 2014:

    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).


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




    INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS ISPR PAKISTAN ARMY

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    Thousands flee North Waziristan region on last day of evacuation



    PESHAWAR/BANNU: Residents of North Waziristan have until the end of Monday to leave the remote mountainous North Waziristan tribal region ahead of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army against Islamist militants.

    At least 430,000 people have fled the region into nearby areas of Pakistan as well as neighbouring Afghanistan, the biggest movement of refugees in Pakistan in years.

    “Today is the last day for the people to leave the tribal region,” a military official told Reuters by telephone from the North Waziristan capital of Miramshah. “The curfew will be then imposed and preparations made for the ground offensive.”

    Many of those who stayed behind, their number is unknown, said they could not afford to pay for cars to take them to safer places such as Bannu, a dusty town on the edge of the region, where most refugees have settled.

    “Those who could afford it have left the tribal region, but some are still there and could die in the fighting as they don't have any means to come out of Waziristan,” Zakirullah Khan said after arriving in Bannu.

    Also read: Imran Khan visits Bannu

    He said prices charged by drivers had soared to levels well beyond the budgets of those wanting to leave. Other residents complained the government was not doing enough to help them. Many opted to stay with relatives rather than official camps.

    Refugees said settlements in North Waziristan tribal region had been reduced to ghost towns.

    “In my entire life I have never seen Waziristan so deserted and scary,” said Shad Mir Wazir, a refugee, adding that he saw a number of Taliban militants still hiding in some villages.

    WFP distributes aid
    The World Food Programme on Monday began distributing aid for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled a military operation in North Waziristan tribal region, as refugees clashed with authorities over delays.

    Pakistan began Zarb-i-Azb, a long-awaited military offensive aimed at eliminating Taliban militants from their stronghold in the North Waziristan tribal district, last week, following a brazen attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

    The operation, involving air strikes, tanks and heavy artillery has forced the exodus of more than 400,000 people, mainly to the nearby town of Bannu just outside the tribal zone.

    It has left nearly 280 militants dead, according to the army, but the figure cannot be independently verified.

    Safiullah Khan, an official with a local non-government organisation partnered with the WFP, said a food distribution point in Bannu had begun providing rations including wheat flour, cooking oil, lentils and high energy biscuits.

    “We have made all necessary arrangements, which are enough to cater to ration needs of 15,000 families on daily basis,” he said.



    Around 2,000 people had gathered at a local football ground where the food centre was set up to wait for the first consignment of trucks.

    They later scuffled with police when distribution was delayed by several hours, who fired in the air to disperse the protestors.

    Noor Bat Khan, a 60-year-old resident from Esori village in North Waziristan criticised authorities for taking so long to act and not creating enough centres.

    “The authorities should set up more distribution points as it will be difficult for the displaced persons to wait for their turn in scorching heat,“ he said.

    According to a government spokesman, a total of 404,819 people have so far left North Waziristan after the start of the military offensive.

    Meanwhile influential warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur held talks with a tribal jirga, or council, in North Waziristan where he repeated a threat to join forces with the Taliban if the offensive continued.

    “Bahadur said he would not launch any retaliatory action against military troops operating in the region until the middle of August provided the government agrees to stop the offensive enabling the refugees to return to their homes,” a spokesman for the jirga, Malik Fida told AFP.

    Bahadur fought against the Soviets during their occupation of Afghanistan and later against US forces after 2001, but signed a peace deal with the Pakistani military in 2006.

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    A dire situation developing. All these people being displaced just before Ramadan and the temperature reaching red hot levels.

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    Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates: WFP begins distributing aid to IDPs in Bannu



    After a long period of speculation, which also included attempts at peace talks, Pakistan on Sunday launched a military operation against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
    As the Pakistan Army embarks on this critical mission, get all the updates of the operation, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, here.
    All stories relating to Zarb-e-Azb can be found on this trend page as well.
    Below is an interactive Google map of North Waziristan, which follows the Zarb-e-Azab Operation, and will be updated as information flows in.
    Navigate military strikes and areas of influence from the key on the left. To get details of individual attacks, hover over the pins and click them. Zoom in for a closer look, change the display type or switch extra layers off .
    The yellow pins mark drone strikes that have occurred in the region since the operation began.
    June 23, 7:05pm
    Jet aircrafts destroyed eight terrorist hideouts around Mirali early Monday morning killing 15 terrorists.
    Ten terrorists were killed separately while fleeing cordoned off areas in Spinwam and Mirali, while two soldiers also lost their lives.
    Meanwhile, 414,429 IDPs have been registered so far at the Saidgai check post.
    Four relief goods delivery points have been established at Bannu. Food items, medical care and cash amount as announced by the government will be distributed by the concerned civil agency among IDPs here. A field medical hospital is also being established at Bannu.
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    June 23, 1:58pm
    The World Food Programme on Monday began distributing aid for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled a military operation in Pakistan, as refugees clashed with authorities over delays. Read the story here.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………
    June 23, 11:06am
    Over 100 ulema from various schools of thought declared Zarb-e-Azb, the ongoing military operation against militants in North Waziristan, as a form of jihad. You can read the complete story here.
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    June 23, 2:30am
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has requested the government for an immediate release of 60,000 ton of wheat to meet emerging food demands of the IDPs.
    So far, the WFP Pakistan is the only UN agency that the government has requested assistance from.
    For more details, you can read the full story here.

    June 22, 4:14pm
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan demands the federal government to immediately release Rs6 billion to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to help assist IDPs. He also urged the government to put the operation on hold to assist civilians fleeing North Waziristan.
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    June 22, 4:14pm
    The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan has risen to 303,057, Radio Pakistan reported. The government is arranging 2,000 vehicles for the withdrawal of IDPs from North Waziristan.
    Further, 96,000 children will be vaccinated against various diseases while 64,000 will be vaccinated against polio for the first time in the IDP camps.
    Two thousand tents have been established in Bannu to accommodate those migrating from North Waziristan. However, several families are choosing to live with their relatives in Bannu, Tank, Lakki and DI Khan.
    Each displaced family is being paid Rs12,000 at the time of registration. Further, on the directives of the prime minister, each family is to be provided food assistance worth Rs7,000, being arranged by Minister for SAFRON, K-P governor and FDMA.
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    June 22, 3:55pm
    The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs350m for assistance of IDPs, Sirajul Haq, a senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has said, Radio Pakistan reported.
    Meanwhile, PTI chief Imran Khan and K-P Chief Minister Parvez Khattak have arrived in Bannu to oversee arrangements being made for assisting the IDPs. Commissioner Bannu briefed the two over the progress being made by the provincial government to facilitate the displaced population of North Waziristan.

    June 22, 2:40pm
    The deadline for evacuating North Waziristan has been extended another day again, according to Express News. This is the second time the deadline has been extended. The initial deadline for leaving the agency was Saturday.
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    June 22, 2:40pm
    Donation camps have been established by the Pakistan Army in Karachi and Lahore to assist IDPs fleeing North Waziristan, according to ISPR.
    You can read the entire list of donation collection points here.
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    June 22, 12:02pm
    According to the data provided by FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), over 300,000 people have migrated from North Waziristan Agency since the operation started, Express News reports.

    June 21, 10:05pm
    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has asked the police and security agencies to pool their resources to fully secure the twin cities, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and its residents in wake of the recently launched operation in the tribal areas.
    For more details, you can read the full story here.
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    June 21, 10:00pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday advised the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend roaming services currently extended to Afghan Subscriber Information Modules.
    For more details, you can read the full story here.
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    June 21, 6:12pm
    Residents of North Waziristan have been given one more day to evacuate the area.
    Earlier, the last day for leaving the agency was today (Saturday); however, the deadline has been extended to Sunday and the curfew has been relaxed, according to Express News.
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    June 21, 5:59pm
    All ranks of the army will donate one day’s pay to the IDPs, according to ISPR reports Express News.
    DG ISPR Asim Bajwa has said that the army will also provide 30-days of ration for the IDPs.

    So far, the government has registered 227,049 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected due to the ongoing operation in North Waziristan with the help of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
    According to the latest official data made available on Saturday, the government registered 15,757 families including 56,214 males, 70,465 females and 100,370 children.
    Four rehabilitation centers have been established at Dera Ismail Khan, Laki Marwat, Bannu and Tank where IDPs would be processed through the verification of NADRA, according to officials.
    A control room had also been established in the Ministry of States and Frontier Region to provide rehabilitation services for the IDPs that was working round-the-clock and providing every type of information.
    A cash amount of Rs12,000 was being paid to every IDP family for food assistance, and NADRA was verifying them one by one at the established centers.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/722202/a...th-waziristan/
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    Press Release
    No PR143/2014-ISPR Dated: June 24, 2014
    Rawalpindi - June 24, 2014: UPDATE ZARB-E-AZB
    24 June 24, 2014


    27 x terrorists were killed in jet aircraft strikes in Mir Ali and surroundings areas this afternoon. 11 x Terrorist’s hideouts were destroyed. Huge cache or arms and ammunition was also destroyed.
    20 x Terrorists were killed in early morning air strikes on terrorist’s hideouts in Khyber Agency. 12 x terrorist’s hideouts were destroyed.
    A vehicle borne suicide attack attempt was foiled in Spinwam area of North Waziristan Agency this afternoon. According to details a single cabin explosive laden vehicle tried to approach a check post outside a civil hospital when soldiers on duty, spotted and fired at the vehicle. The vehicle exploded 100 meters short of check post. 2 soldiers and a civilian embraced shahadat when nearby roof of a building collapsed due to explosion.
    IDP Management
    a. 454207 DPs (36514 families) from North Wazirastan Agency have been registered so far at Saidgai registration point.

    b. 6 ration distribution points have been established for IDPs of North Wazirastan Agency ( 3 at Bannu, 2 at DI Khan and one at Tank).

    c. Detailed distribution of 4473 Tons of Ration for 40000 families will commence from Wednesday (25 June). Each Ration bag carries 20/80 Kg of Atta as per size of the family, cooking oil 5 Litre, Dhall 9 Kg, Date 1 Kg, and tea 1 Kg.

    d. 32 Relief goods collection points have been established by Army in all major cities of the country for collection of donations. For details please visit ispr.gov.pk

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    IDPs protest food shortage in Bannu



    BANNU: Police and troops fired warning shots Tuesday to break up a protest over food shortages by people who have fled a military operation against the Taliban.

    The offensive has seen the northwestern tribal area of North Waziristan hit by more than a week of shelling and air raids, and more than 450,000 people have fled ahead of an impending ground assault, with many going to the nearby town of Bannu.

    The World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing aid through a local aid group on Monday, but there was anger among refugees at long delays.

    Anger at problems with food distribution spilled over on Tuesday, with people blocking the main road from Bannu to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital Peshawar.

    An AFP reporter saw around 500 people blocking the road and pelting security forces with rocks in protest, prompting police and soldiers to fire warning shots in the air to disperse them.

    Mohammad Nazir Khan, a lawmaker from the region, said many people who should be receiving aid were having problems with registration and documents.

    Local administration official Aurang Zeb said more food distribution points would be opened soon and the authorities would do all they could to help those in need.

    Pakistan's armed forces have used jet fighters, tanks and artillery in the offensive, killing around 300 people they have described as militants, though the toll and identity of the victims are impossible to verify.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1114839/idp...rtage-in-bannu
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    The IDPs from North Waziristan

    The initiative is the first of its kind to bring relief to those who have fled the western region of Waziristan where military operations have started.

    Food baskets to be distributed among 50,000 families

    The administration of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAE PAP) has begun implementing the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to provide urgent humanitarian aid and food supplies, valued at$2.5 million, to 50,000 displaced families in camps in Bannu district of Pakistan.

    The initiative is the first of its kind to bring relief to those who have fled the western region of Waziristan where military operations have started. It is reported that more than 400,000 people fleeing violence in the region arrived in Bannu last week.

    The first UAE humanitarian aid convoy is due to leave Islamabad today to reach the families tomorrow, before the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The project’s administration said the aid comes as part of the generous initiatives of the President and his continuous efforts to help the poor and needy and provide them with a respectable and decent life.

    The UAE PAP said that 3,550 tonnes of food rations will be distributed in the form of 71kg food baskets, each containing various food products such as flour, rice, dates, sugar, salt, lentils, oil and tea, sufficient for one person. These aid baskets will be delivered to help protect the people from hunger and malnutrition in the immediate future.

    The UAE PAP has distributed 103,000 food baskets since 2012, valued at $5.520 million, to displaced families in various districts across the country.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/i...=nationgeneral

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    What the arabs are giving for relief palls into insignificance when you look at what they gave in creating the mess in the first place

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    The displacement is a desperate concern

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    Traumatised children from NWA flee battle zone in search of peace



    BAKKA KHEL/FR BANNU: In her local Waziri dialect of Pashto, seven-year-old Nadia from the Khushali Tori Khel village describes the lethal hiss of US drones.

    “I was terrified by the bangana [buzzing] sound when it flew over our heads,” she says, as she shyly weaves a finger through her soiled golden curls. “My friends would run away to their houses. The bangana is really terrifying, but the bomb explosions are worse.”

    Unlike the scores of analysts who have questioned, evaluated and thoroughly explored the implications of unmanned predator drones or a wide-scale army operation in the militant-infested North Waziristan Agency, little Nadia has lived the nightmare. She can detail the fear that grips the hearts of tribal children every time an artillery or mortar shell is fired by militants or security forces, or when a deafening explosion is heard nearby.

    Nadia is one of the thousands trickling into the Bakka Khel area of Bannu in search of safer ground, as the military evacuates the tribal areas in order to comb the war-torn agency for militants.

    After the curfew following operation Zarb-i-Azb was lifted, Nadia arrived here in a pick-up truck along with her family.

    Although reports are emerging of scarce rations and the unwillingness of Fata refugees to live in camps due to conservative tribal customs, the children fleeing the war zone are less concerned with the challenge of finding shelter and grimness of day-to-day survival; for the young residents of the tribal region, coming to Bannu means there will be no more thundering sounds of war.

    Noman, a lanky 10-year-old has also reached Bannu from Esori village.

    Drained from the seven-hour journey conducted on foot, he says most villagers fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs. His family was fortunate enough to pack a few belongings as well as livestock.

    Despite the exhaustion from the drawn out trek and unpleasantness of leaving home – possibly never to see it again – Noman says he is relieved.

    “I am happy I won’t see drones or jet fighters dropping bombs on our villages. I feel secure now that I am safe out here,” Noman remarked.

    His father Qudratullah says his other children are also terrified when drones and jets hover in the area at night, or when the jet fighters pass by. “They are now allergic to these sounds.”



    Director General of the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) Arshad Khan says since the curfew was relaxed on its first day on June 18, over 450,000 people have fled the war-ravaged agency to live with host families in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat and cities in Punjab. Some of them have also moved to the government schools and buildings in Bannu.

    The number of IDPs is expected to rise.

    Shaheena, aged nine, says her family is lucky to have found shelter in a government school building in Maryan. “The jet sounds are terrifying,” she recalls. “My schoolmates and I are always frightened to hear them.”

    Researchers and social scientists believe that Fata children in particular undergo psychological trauma as they are forced into the conflict – often as suicide bombers or child soldiers and also through displacement.

    Many of these young boys and girls are deprived of education because schools have closed due to the threat of forced militant occupation, while some end up as IDPs in camps for years – as in the cases of Bajaur, Mohmand, and Khyber Agency – and consequently miss school for years.

    Peshawar-based Dr Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a psychiatrist who treats patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is of the view that young people are badly affected by the conflict. Most of his patients are from the tribal areas such as South and North Waziristan Agencies.

    Trauma for the people in this region has not been without precedent. The 2005 earthquake and the conflicts in Swat and Fata have meant that children and women have been the most affected in terms of mental and psycho-social health. Many of those unaccompanied by men have been subjected to abuse.

    Jehanzib Khan, the regional head of the Society for Protection of the Rights of the Child in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, agrees that children of North Waziristan are more vulnerable to psychological stress.

    “The horror of war and bombs have badly shattered their minds, so these children need psycho-social counseling to divert their attention from the war and bombs.”

    Shelter, food, and nutrition are basic requirements, but they are in dire need of mental counseling, he adds.

    Khan says that more than 45 per cent of the population affected during the previous conflicts in Fata and KP were children, many of whom have contracted mental illnesses as efforts made for their rehabilitation are negligible.

    “The government should learn from the past and provide child-friendly spaces, which are the need of the hour for these affected children,” says Khan.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1115046/tra...earch-of-peace


    One can see that these people felt like hostages living in North Waziristan without any writ of the government. They are relieved to get out of there, life was a living hell for them. This is a good development, and we need to reintegrate these people back into mainstream Pakistani society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilalhaider View Post
    Traumatised children from NWA flee battle zone in search of peace





    http://www.dawn.com/news/1115046/tra...earch-of-peace


    One can see that these people felt like hostages living in North Waziristan without any writ of the government. They are relieved to get out of there, life was a living hell for them. This is a good development, and we need to reintegrate these people back into mainstream Pakistani society.
    Would you not want a terror free Waziristan first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Express View Post
    The displacement is a desperate concern
    Ramadan, extreme heat and no home.

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    Operation Zarb-e-Azb updates: PM Nawaz invites Imran Khan to visit IDP camps



    June 26, 11:46am

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan to visit camps of IDPs in Bannu on June 27, Express News Islamabad bureau chief Amir Ilyas Rana reported.

    The bureau chief further reported that the PTI chief has rejected the offer, saying that he has a rally in Bahawalpur.

    On June 17, Imran had denounced the deadly clashes between the police and supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, and announced to hold a protest against the incident in Bahawalpur.

    Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef will be accompanying Nawaz to the camps tomorrow.
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    Prime Minister Relief Fund for IDPs established

    Ministers, treasury members of the National Assembly donate one-month salary to the fund.

    Prime Minister Relief Fund has been established for the internally displaced persons of North Waziristan.

    The federal cabinet, treasury members of National Assembly and Senate have contributed their one-month salary to the relief fund.

    The federal government employees will also donate their one day salary to the Prime Minister fund.
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    Zarb-i-Azb: USAID announces $8 mln for IDPs food needs

    ISLAMABAD: The United States has contributed an additional $8 million to help Pakistani government meet food and nutritional needs of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

    Thousands have fled the areas in North Waziristan Agency due to the Pakistani military’s ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation against local and foreign militants in the tribal area bordering Afghanistan. The tribesmen have taken temporarily refuge into nearby areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as well as Afghanistan, in the biggest movement of refugees in the country in years.

    Related: Haqqani network also target of N Waziristan operation: ISPR

    The contribution, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of the ongoing efforts of the US 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 Pakistan government is transformed into fortified wheat flour and distributed in the most vulnerable communities.

    This new commitment by the US 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.

    With this contribution of $8 million, USAID is now the largest international donor to the program, providing a total of $31 million in support – enough to fortify 60 per cent of the wheat donated by the Pakistan government.

    “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.

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