PESHAWAR: The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan on Thursday staged protest demonstration outside the KP governor house against the non-provision of compensation and delay in their repatriation.

The protestors, who were from different parts of the tribal district, chanted slogans against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and federal government for their failure to relocate them back to their native areas after peace has been restored.

The protestors also criticized the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) and KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan for not fulfilling promises made with them due to which some IDPs are still languishing in the camps.

Protestors alleged that the government authorities have blocked their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) before their return to native areas due to which they are unable to get financial support and now they are facing financial crises. While those IDPs, said the protestors, who were sent back to their areas are not getting the promised assistance to start their lives from the start.

The protestors made it clear to the authorities that they would no more allow them to let lDPs languish in camps. They stressed the authorities to take immediate steps to send them back to their native areas along with the IDPs who are suffering in camps in Khost province of Afghanistan.

On January 1, the KP Chief Minister promised that the internally displaced persons would be shifted from Bakakhel Camp to their homes in North Waziristan tribal district within two months.

The promise that was announced by the spokesman for the KP government Ajmal Wazir while addressing a news conference at Chief Minister house said Mahmood Khan has directed authorities to address issues of IDPs and ensure the provision of basic facilities in the camp.

He had acknowledged the shortage of facilities in the camp.

Mr Wazir said security forces would clear Datakhel area near the Afghan border before the repatriation of IDPs to their homes in North Waziristan.

He said the return of IDPs from Bakakhel Camp to their homes would happen within two months.

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