Gathering in Islamabad: Five parties call Jirga to highlight plight of IDPs

Political leaders criticise federal and K-P governments.

Our Correspondent November 17, 2014


Five political parties have decided to call a grand tribal Jirga in Islamabad on November 22, to discuss the plight of the people displaced by the military operation in the tribal areas.

The decision was taken at the meeting called by Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan in Islamabad.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman, chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Wattan Party (QWP) chairman Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq attended the meeting and discussed issues faced by over a million IDPs camped in different cities of K-P.

The meeting felt that the displacement of tribal people from their homes has become a humanitarian issue and all stakeholders need to play their role to handle it. The meeting decided to take all the tribal elders on board to handle the situation in future.

The leaders have decided to call a meeting on November 22. The Jirga will be attended by large number of tribal elders, political leaders and other relevant people to discuss the IDPs issue and highlight their plight.

The political leaders criticised both the federal as well as the provincial government of K-P for failing to play their role to handle the situation, saying that IDPs have rendered sacrifices for the sake of national security by leaving their homes to facilitate the army.

The leaders also criticised both the print and electronic media for what they said was blacking out the IDPs issues and projecting a sit-in in Islamabad for the last three months.

“We had invited the concerned political parties’ leaders today to discuss IDPs issues in our province, who have been left unattended,” said ANP information secretary Senator Zahid Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2014.


kala bangali | 7 years ago | Reply

@ Umair dosent matter who has the responsibility of IDPs, if PTI got votes from Fata then they should come up and do some thing period. It is true none of the political party has not given much attention to this issue except Naimat ullah khans Al khidmat.

Umair | 7 years ago | Reply

Is it coincidence that none of these 5 main and their behind 2nd tier leadership went to meet IDPs? Is it coincidence that while IDPs have migrated from FATA and not KP but all of these 5 leaders are allys of Nawaz Sharif?

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