PESHAWAR - The militancy-affected people of Khyber Agency have demanded the government to announce a special compensation package on pattern of Malakand IDPs and provide proper arrangements for repatriation of displaced families to their respective hometowns.
Addressing a news conference here at press club on Wednesday, Haris Afridi, Central President, Khyber Union, a local welfare organisation, said that government was yet to announce a compensation package and a comprehensive plan for the repatriation of military operations' affected families from tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency. Due to prolonged military operations, he said thousands of families were badly suffered, while hundreds of families were compelled to flee their respective hometowns and take shelter in makeshift camps in settled areas.
Flanked by Dr Nazar Muhammad, Senior Vice President of the organisation, tribal elders and members of certain militancy affected families of tehsil Bara, he criticised the federal and provincial governments for failing to provide any relief to the internally uprooted families and termed. He alleged that the rulers were following a step motherly attitude with militancy-affected people of Khyber agency.
Afridi asked the government and relief agencies to take proactive steps for the early repatriation and extending compensation to mitigate the sufferings of displaced families. He said in tehsil Bara, infrastructure of health and education departments was completely destroyed, while traders had also suffered huge financial losses due to heavy bombardments and shelling of security forces in the agency. Similarly, he informed that more than 173 public and private schools were destroyed due to which more than 27,000 male and female students were deprived of education right.
Expressing concern over the non-availability of support-grant to militancy-affected traders under the multi-donors funded 'Economic Revitalisation of KPK and FATA (ERKF) Programme', executed by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, he said that the grant was not extended to them.
He said that government and Smeda to make easy and simple process, provision of grants, as most of affected people of Bara would not able to get grant under the lengthy procedure and documentation process. "Government should announce free-education for the children of militancy-affected people of Bara Khyber Agency," he demanded.
He demanded the government to release special presidential funds for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged roads, education infrastructure, and urged the federal and provincial governments to devise a comprehensive strategy for rehabilitation of the militancy-affected people of Khyber Agency.