PESHAWAR: The temporary displaced persons (TDPs) of North Waziristan tribal district in Afghanistan have been stopped from entering Pakistan via Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossings.

Thousands of families had migrated to Afghanistan from North Waziristan after the launch of military operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal region. After restoration of peace in the tribal district, many displaced families had returned to North Waziristan from Afghanistan in phases, while some families are still there.

Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) had set 30 April as the last deadline for repatriation of displaced families from Afghanistan to North Waziristan. Tribal elders said that now the officials on both sides of the border have closed the crossing points and they are not allowing anyone to cross the border. The tribesmen said they are not allowed to cross the border despite possessing all necessary documents. They appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman to take notice of the matter to end difficulties of the TDPs on the Afghan side.

The FDMA says the matter is outside its jurisdiction and it can interfere only once the TDPs cross the border and enter Pakistan.