Govt allocates Rs 100 bln for rehabilitation of IDPs: Senate told

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (APP): Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen ® Abdul Qadir Baloch Monday informed the Senate that the government has allocated Rs 100 billion for rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Senator Kalsoom Perveen that the house may discuss the steps taken by the government for rehabilitation of the IDPs, the minister said IDPs of Bajaur, Orakzai, Mohmand and Khyber have already been sent back to their native areas.

Process of sending back all IDPs of South and North Waziristan Agencies would be completed by December, he added.

The minister said the IDPs were sent back after purging the areas completely of the militants.

They were sent back after restoring basic facilities like water, education, health and infrastructure etc, he said.

He dispelled the impression that all houses, markets and other facilities had been destroyed due to operation against the militants.

Earlier, moving the motion, Kalsoom Parveen said thousands of FATA people were displaced due to operation against the militants.

She said no doubt that after successful Zarb-e-Azb operation, the militants were uprooted.

However, she said the people who have returned to their natives were still living in tents and they have no basic facilities.

She urged that the government should provide all basic facilities including health and education etc. Senator Lt Gen ® Abdul Qayyum said FATA became a battle field due to regional situation.

He said hundred of thousands people were displaced due to the operation.