NWA IDPs jirga pic by Jamshed Khan

DI KHAN, August 28: Internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan living in DI Khan district say that thousands of IDPs are not getting government aid due to the protest rallies of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik in federal capital Islamabad.

On 27 August, a jirga was held at the Haq Nawaz Park where tribal elders, IDPs and Khidmat-e-Khalq (public service) committee members were informed a big number of IDPs were not getting relief items because of halt to NADRA operations.

The offices of NADRA, which manages database of Pakistani nationals, are located in the red zone in Islamabad where two political parties of the country have staged sit-ins since 14 August.

The IDPs said the government did not provide them health or education facilities and that the district administration was allegedly embezzling their relief assistance. They also said the police were fining them for their personal vehicles and asking them to get permits.

“When the Pakistan Army was here, all the IDPs were getting the aid on time and properly but now we are faced with a host of problems after the army personnel went to other areas,” said a speaker.

Another participant said, “If 100 IDPs visit the administration offices, just five of them are registered while all others don’t get any aid. Also, identity cards of many IDPs have been blocked and authorities need to set up a NADRA office in DI Khan.”