WANA: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Muhammad Iqbal Wazir Wednesday asked Relief Department to release compensation cheques to the people affected by militancy and military operations in South Waziristan tribal district.

He said the affected people of the areas where survey of damaged houses has been completed must be released immediately.

Addressing a Jirga of tribal elders and notables in South Waziristan, the minister said the people of South Waziristan suffered a lot during militancy and military operation Rah-e-Nijat against the militants, adding that as per the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan maximum relief would be provided to the people of the merged tribal districts, especially in South Waziristan. He said the people of Waziristan suffered a lot during life of displacement and they deserve compensation for their damages without delay.

Tribal elders informed the minister about the problems of their respective areas regarding the houses destroyed during militancy and military operation. The minister was informed about the problems in Kanigurum, Sam-I and Sam-II, Taipar Ghallai, Kacha Langarkhel, Ladha, Mishta and Badar.

Iqbal Wazir said that he did not differentiate between the North and South Waziristan and among the tribes and treat all people of merged districts equally. He said the authorities have been directed to distribute compensation cheques among the affected people from the areas where survey has been completed and if there was any discrepancy in the survey it would be rectified.

Iqbal Wazir directed the concerned authorities to expedite the survey of damaged houses in the remaining areas at the earliest.

Rescue team deployed in Khyber

The KP government has deployed a 20-member team of Rescue 1122 and handed over six ambulances for District Headquarters Hospital Landikotal in Khyber tribal district.

The six well-equipped ambulances have been delivered to DHQ Landikotal with an objective to provide timely medical treatment to the victims in emergencies.

Rescue 1122 team will be available in an emergency situation to provide medical cover to the patients.

Medical Superintendent Landikotal Hospital Dr Nek Dad Afridi said that all the ambulances of the hospital have been handed over to the Rescue 1122 team. He welcomed the deployment of Rescue 1122 team in the hospital.

In an earlier interview with TNN, MS Dr Nek Dad had said over a thousand patents daily visit the out-patient department (OPD), therefore, upgradation is required.