Baka Khel Camp firing: Bodies of two deceased IDPs returned to families

Published: June 23, 2015
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Government  announces compensation for families of victims and the injured. PHOTO: AFP

Government announces compensation for families of victims and the injured. PHOTO: AFP

BANNU: The bodies of two tribesmen who were killed in Sunday night’s firing at the Baka Khel Camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were handed over to their families in North Waziristan Agency on Monday.

Another 11 people who were injured in the incident are still under treatment while the government announced Rs5 million in compensation for the families of the deceased and Rs1.5 million for the injured.

The casualties occurred when forces tried to quell a protest staged by the IDPs of Baka Khel Camp at the Registration check post no 2 over alleged mismanagement at the IDP camps.  Subsequently, a curfew was imposed in the camp.

Pakistan Army Brigadier Mukhtiar visited the site after the incident and attended a Jirga in which he condemned the firing and expressed grief over the loss of lives. North Waziristan Political Agent Atifur Rehman, North Waziristan Assistant Political Agent Zahiruddin Babar, FR Bannu APA Jawadullah Mehsud, FDMA leaders and the elders of North Waziristan were also present.

Elders from the Utmanzai tribe claimed there was no power and water supply and other basic necessities available for them at the camp. They added that it was becoming unbearable for them to live in sweltering heat in the small camps.  Political authorities and politicians promised to look into their demands.

A massive operation was launched in mid-June last year to purge North Waziristan of Taliban insurgents and their foreign cohorts.

Hundreds of thousands of tribesmen had been evacuated to shelter camps set up in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.  The operation, according to officials, will conclude in the coming months. However, the process of repatriation of the displaced tribesmen has already begun.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Azi
    Jun 23, 2015 - 5:22AM

    Pay them because they love to imitate fights, abuse people, and think self above law. Especially against an army that is there to save their future race from being slaves to ttp. Always un thankful, people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • S.k
    Jun 23, 2015 - 5:14PM

    Don’t kill them, they are innocent and sufferer of the great game. Some people of pakistan only want and interested in Land not in people, for those people who want to tease the innocent and kill the tribal, they will soon received the result of Law of cause and effect just like they are receiving the effects of afghanistan destruction Recommend

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