Non payment of 4 months stipend annoys repatriated TDPs from Afghanistan

CJ Sakinullah

BANNU: Temporarily Displaced families living in Bakakhel camp in Bannu have threatened to stage a protest demonstration against FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) for non-payment of four-month relief stipend.

Around 800 displaced families of North Waziristan tribal district who have returned from Afghanistan to Bakakhel Camp in Janikhel sub division of Bannu, complained that they have not been paid Rs 12000 monthly stipend for last four months which is provided to other TDPs from North Waziristan in the camp.

In this regard, a Jirga of displaced families was convened and held in at Fazal Qadir Shaheed Part in Bannu to review the problems being faced by TDPs in Bakakhel camp.

Tribal elders Malik Sher Muhammad Khan, Malik Asal Mir, Malik Ghulam Khan, Malik Sikandar Faqir, Malik Mirbat Khan and others addressed the Jirga.

“We are living a miserable life for sake of Pakistan, leaving behind our homes, property and businesses while migrating to parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Still we are being considered as a burden,” said Malik Ghulam Khan while addressing the Jirga.

The speakers said there are 2150 families living in Bakakhel camp of which 800 are those who have returned from Afghanistan. These families are just provided ration by FDMA, they said and added previously each displaced family would get Rs 12000 as relief monthly stipend from FDMA, however, the amount has not been released to them for last four months.

“We have been facing immense problems as we cannot buy edibles and winter cloths to keep ourselves warm,” said Sajid Wazir, one of the residents of refugees camp.

The tribal elders said that majority of TDPs’ Computerized National Identity cards have been blocked by NADRA after they migrated to Afghanistan as result of military operation in North Waziristan. This has created serious problems for these TDPs in availing different government services, they said.

The elders warned FDMA to release the pending amount otherwise they would stage a protest in front of Peshawar Governor House that would continue until their demands were accepted.

Officials at the FDMA said that they have recently released the 47th instalment but most of TDPs say they have not received it.