Exodus from Mir Ali: Hundreds flee homes over conflict fears

Published: January 25, 2014
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File photo of a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder. PHOTO: PPI

File photo of a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder. PHOTO: PPI

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: 

Hundreds of people have fled their homes in Mir Ali, a sub division of North Waziristan Agency, in anticipation of a military operation in the area, officials said on Friday.

Most of them are heading to the adjacent district of Bannu, locals and North Waziristan political administration told The Express Tribune. However, an official from the administration said, “We request the tribal families not to leave their homes and for those who have left to come back because there is no war and peace prevails in the agency.”

The exodus was triggered in part by panic amongst residents following a series of targeted operations by the military against hideouts in Mir Ali.

Travelling via the Miramshah-Bannu Road, locals from Mir Ali are heading to Mashko Khel, Baka Khel or on to Bannu district. Officials at the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) say they have not received official directions to deal with these internally displaced people, but a special team has been sent to Bannu to survey the numbers of IDPs arriving from North Waziristan Agency.

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“Most of the families of Mir Ali Bazaar and adjacent areas have been leaving,” Abdullah Wazir, a resident of Spin Wam told The Express Tribune, adding, “women and children have been leaving with household materials, but livestock and larger items of belongings are being abandoned by these families.”

“It is difficult to find shelter in Bannu,” said Janath Noor, aged 38, who travelled there with her family. “There are problems at home and here in Bannu too.” She added that the families were forced to act independently as the political administrations in North Waziristan and Bannu have not made arrangements for the fleeing families. Some families reportedly spent the night under the open sky in Bannu town, waiting for any available shelter.

Some IDPs have also faced problems such as harassment at the hands of the police, requests for bribes, soaring rates of transport from Mir Ali and inflated rents for houses in Bannu. Some families, suspected of being militants, have had problems finding accommodation in Bannu district.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Sodomite
    Jan 25, 2014 - 10:31AM

    PAF does not have the plane in the picture. Where is that plane going every day ET?

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  • Yakima Soto
    Jan 25, 2014 - 11:33AM

    As a Japanese I feel sorry for these simple yet brave human beings. Government should be held for acting against human rights.

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  • Amr
    Jan 25, 2014 - 12:25PM

    @Yakimo Soto: Dear most of the governments of the world “should be held for acting against human rights.”

    This is today’s world and people who put up questions like you will be branded as “terrorist sympathizers”.

    That is the affair of the world today.

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  • Zubair Khan
    Jan 25, 2014 - 12:27PM

    Indicators are something in pipeline propping up soon. Raheel Shairf looks like who means business with required calm and quiet. Good luck new COAS.

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  • Amr
    Jan 25, 2014 - 1:16PM

    @Yakima Soto:
    Dear most of the governments of the world “should be held for acting against human rights.”
    This is today’s world and people who put up questions like you will be branded as “terrorist sympathizers”.
    That is the affair of the world today.

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  • Realist
    Jan 25, 2014 - 1:41PM

    @Sodomite:

    It is a JF-17. PAF definitely has that plane. What are you talking about?

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  • Aalia
    Jan 25, 2014 - 1:49PM

    @Sodomite:
    perhaps you don’t know what does a file photo mean? Otherwise you won’t have said ‘where the plane is gonig….’! And by the way how can you say it is not a PAF air plane?

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  • asif
    Jan 25, 2014 - 1:51PM

    Sodomite, it is a JF-17 and built by Pakistan, and is very much with PAF.

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  • khan
    Jan 25, 2014 - 1:55PM

    @Sodomite:
    Its a JF17, and currently a couple of squadrons ARE in active duty

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  • Ali S
    Jan 25, 2014 - 2:03PM

    @Yakima Soto:

    Domo :)

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  • Waqas Murtaza
    Jan 25, 2014 - 4:50PM

    @Amr I think “Yakima Soto” feeling sorry for IDPs not Terrorists…. as they’ve been harassed by police and facing difficulties to get shelter.

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  • Zog
    Jan 26, 2014 - 1:23AM

    Every one should hoist the national flag (replace the party flags currently on display)

    Students should write letters and cards to the troops to encourage them

    All politicians should visit the troops in the combat zones to boost their morale.

    Lets get rid of these foreign backed goons and criminals once and for all.

    Lets get back to Jinnah’s Pakistan.

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  • Assad
    Jan 26, 2014 - 3:21AM

    @Sodomite:
    That is a JF-17 in the photo and if PAF don’t have it then who does?

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  • Jan 26, 2014 - 10:23AM

    My commiserations for the IDPs. Now almost all of them will end up south……. in Karachi. Salams

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  • Khurram
    Jan 26, 2014 - 10:42AM

    Government should beware of this mass movement….many terrorists can also move in between by taking shelter of childrens and families

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  • Hasan Wiqar
    Jan 26, 2014 - 7:21PM

    Is everyone going to Karachi ?

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  • Salman
    Jan 27, 2014 - 3:00AM

    they shouldn’t be allowed to come in Karachi,,, we are already facing huge problems here already because of IDPs.

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