1.9 million internally displaced by violence in Pakistan: report

Around 907,000 people fled from their homes as a result of counter-insurgency operations in 2014


Web Desk May 07, 2015
. PHOTO: AFP

As of 2014, at least 1.9 million people have been internally displaced by conflict and violence in Pakistan alone. 

According to the Global Overview 2015, released by Norwegian Refugee Council, 38 million people around the world were forced to live in displacement within the borders of their own country.


PHOTO COURTESY: GLOBAL INDEX 2015


Pakistan topped the list of such countries in South Asia, mainly due to the counter-insurgency operations carried out in North Wazisristan and Khyber agencies. Around 907,000 people fled from their homes as a result of these operations in 2014, while the number stood at 140,000 in 2013.

“Most chose to stay with host communities rather than in camps, in part because taking refuge in government-run sites makes them a target for Pakistani Taliban and their allied insurgent groups," the report added.

It was clear that nearly all new displacement occurred in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and the Philippines.


PHOTO COURTESY: GLOBAL INDEX 2015


Funding for international humanitarian work has also been dwindling.

"A lack of funding for programming in Pakistan means that both international aid and government assistance tend to prioritise people newly displaced over those living in protracted displacement, perpetuating the latter’s plight," the report added.

COMMENTS (2)

atherkhanturi | 6 years ago | Reply with bold military leadership, i am hopeful that peace will return to the area. in the time of musarrof and prior periods, fata was neglected in terms of taking its responsibility. the tribal elders were given the responsibility without monetary or military assistantship. they were told to confront talibans with british era's guns. the total structure collapsed due to that reason. militancy become norm. now military has taken the true leadership. hope they will cautiously even if slowly establish lasting peace in the region. and fata needs to be integrated with rest of pakistan. either as a separate province or merging with kp.
Muhammad Asim | 6 years ago | Reply We have to salute our tribal Pakistani, who bear all pains in favor of rest of Pakistan. We really credited by their loyalty, love, passion and ambitiousness to us. Now its time to install strong education infrastructure, health facilities, economic opportunities and social reforms specially community participation in all development projects and initiatives. Our tribes show their commitment to peace, harmony and Islamic values of respect upon humanity and freedom good enough. Thanks to all innocent and brave children, youth, men and women of FATA.
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