PESHAWAR: Non-Muslim IDPs of North Waziristan in need of urgent attention from the Government.
Seeing the proliferate miseries of the Non-Muslim IDPs from the North Waziristan Agency the Chairman All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM) Haroon Sarab Diyal is insist on for an immediate registration of minorities of North Waziristan. He says as a result of want for of food and medicines, non-Muslims IDPs especially Hindus are unhappy in district Bannu. Further urging the government to help these minorities IDPs he said,“The government, security forces and the World Food Programme (WFP) are helping the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) of North Waziristan but when it comes to minorities they are being treated as second class citizens and kept away from assistance. On the bases of dual address in the National Identity Cards, the minorities, especially the Hindus, were denied registration at IDPs’ ration centre. It is a sheer injustice with them.”
The depressed Hindus who have been displaced from their homes in North Waziristan explain that some of the Hindu families had settled in North Waziristan even before the British rule. We cast our votes during the elections but when it comes to registration as IDPs to get assistance we were ignored. According to a careful estimate, about 200 Hindu and Christian families were displaced from North Waziristan as a result of the ongoing military offensive against the . Around 170 families have been settled in the Pannel High School by the means of the Diocese of Peshawar and City Mandar (temple) Bannu whereas the remaining 30 families have drifted to other parts of Pakistan.
Mr. Sarab Diyal has sternly demanded, “We demand of the government that just like the Muslims, the minorities should be registered as IDPs and Pannel School and City Mandar should be granted the status of IDP camps. The concerned authorities should immediately resolve the issue of the registration of minorities otherwise they are going to die due to starvation and lack of medicines.”
Pakistani security forces launched military operation Zarb-e-Azb on June 15 that, in accordance with FDMA, rendered 90,836 families, including 200 minorities without a roof over their heads. According to a Government report; a sum 262.2 million rupees cash assistance has until now been given to the IDPs who were registered at Saidgai Check Post in Bannu. On the other hand, the minorities are deprived of such cash assistance as they have been denied registration as IDPs.