Internally displaced persons of North Waziristan residing in Baran camp of Bakakhel have complained of a water shortage for the past several days.
“We haven’t been getting any water for bathing and washing since January 2. As a result, we are facing severe hardships,” said a dweller of the camp hailing from Eidak area of North Waziristan. He said they made several attempts to bring the matter to the notice of the armed forces, under whose authority the camp falls, but the issue remains unresolved.
No one from the civil administration or armed forces could be contacted despite several attempts.
Tribesmen from North Waziristan have requested senior military officials to take notice of the acute water shortage and resolve the issue at the earliest. Water is being supplied to the camp though tankers since the camp was established in June.
Recently, the government announced IDPs could be repatriated as early as February, causing them to rejoice on the streets of Bannu with drums and dancing.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2014.