Who are looking after 0.8 million Internally Displaced Persons IDPs?

Pakistan forces are busy in their launched operation Zarb E Azb in North Waziristan Agency. Earlier of the operation launch people from North Waziristan, Mirali, Miranshah and around were warned to flee the area. According to official sources round about 0.8 million tribal from the North Waziristan Agency fled to Bannu, a district of Khyber Pashtunkhwa. And a smaller portion of this population crossed Durand line and is now settled in Afghanistan’s Khost province.

On my visit to Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar I found many of these families in miserable situation. Most of them were crying of the longest journey they had fled on. The farthest areas from the Bannu district are having a way that can be covered in three to four days. The families who were not having money to pay high fares had started their journey on feet. Some of these IDPs couldn’t face the hard sunny days and longer walks. They felt to the ground and died, according to their relatives. Children were the easiest attack of warm weather, shortage of water and food and longer journey.

After this all they arrived to Bannu where a Pakistan Army erected camp was managed for these fleeing people. Only a dozen of families who were having nothing settled in the said camp. Rest of these tribal went to the houses of their fellow Pashtuns living across Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab. Thanks God we are having a stronger bond among the Pashtun tribes who welcome their guests and share their belongings when they see someone or group in trouble. Because hospitality is the pillar of Pashtun code of life Pashtunwali these relatives were never minded to be in their houses.

At the same time Sindh and Punjab government threw obstacles in the way of the tribal who have abandoned their motherland owing to the Pakistani jet bombardment and ground operation. So, the parameter of Pakistani nationalism can be bitterly gauged from the attitude of rest of Pakistan seeing their brother countrymen universal creatures.

Both Khyber Pashtunkhwa and federal government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif didn’t consider the arrangements of fleeing IDPs before launching operation. On the other hand International Non-governmental Organizations were not asked for help. Nonetheless, the international community helps nations on such tragic event. According to sources in Pakistan spy agencies of the country consider international organizations as international intelligence network in plain cloth. Therefore, they keep a tight watch on the presence of aid organizations around the country.

Till the moment I write this piece. IDPs are having their lives in trouble. No drinking water, food, health and cleansing facilities are provided to these people. Some of journalist and writer friends from Punjab and Sindh consider these IDPs to be guilty of providing space to the terrorist organizations. Even though they know the foreigner who had killed 50000 people from these tribes and around Khyber Pashtunkhwa were on the hospitality of powerful hands and brains.

Afghanistan registered the IDPs flowing to their province of Khost. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Afghan security forces registered every individual and family coming to their side from North Waziristan and they are provided the same shelter mostly in the houses of fellow Pashtun tribes. The remaining are shifted to the camp.

We can only pray for the good fate of tribal families who are living their life in camps and relatives houses with misery and grieves. And pray for their safe return to their lands.

 

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