PESHAWAR – The activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Bara, Khyber Agency chapter, have demanded provision of Watan cards to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) from tehsil Bara, in addition to making arrangements for their repatriation to their hometowns.
Speaking at a news conference here at press club on Wednesday, PTI political advisor to Imran Khan from Fata, Rahman Afridi said that the tribesmen living in the makeshift camps were confronted with numerous difficulties due to wrong policies of the incumbent rulers. He said that the country faced huge financial loss while numerous precious lives were lost in the ‘aliens’ so-called’ war against terrorism. He said that ‘imported policies’ would further complicate the situation. The incumbent rulers were busy serving their vested interests and had left the poor on the mercy of others, he said.
Accompanied by PTI activists from Bara, Khyber Agency including Shahzad Afridi, Jamal Afridi, Saleem Arfidi and tribal elders, he said the unending security forces operations have badly affected the education and economic activities in the agency. “A large number of people were compelled to take shelter in at IDPs camps, while the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) were facing enormous difficulties in provision of basic facilities at their makeshift camps. We are patriotic and peaceful tribesmen, who believe to resolve issues through traditional jirga system,” said a tribal elder, and vowed to give any sacrifice for the protection of their motherland. He stressed upon the government also to respect their dignity and sanctity of their houses.
He asked the government to shun ‘dual policies’ on the tribal issue and take firm stance about the US drone attacks in tribal areas. He demanded immediate stoppage of the ongoing security forces operations in Fata. He claimed that PTI is sole political force to steer the country out of the prevailing difficult situation. He said that the party would take steps for establishment of peace, development and provision of all basic human rights to tribal people, when comes to power.
He demanded of the government to extend the Watan Card facility to IDP hailing from Bara, Khyber Agency, and make proper arrangements for their voluntarily repatriation to their respective areas.