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Cheques given to displaced Malakand journalists

PESHAWAR: NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti on Monday said the return of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Malakand Division will start “very soon” and their repatriation will take place in phases.

Addressing a ceremony at the Frontier House on Monday in connection with the distribution of cheques of Rs 30,000 each among 227 displaced journalists of the Malakand Division, the chief minister said the government was concentrating on strengthening of infrastructure before the return of the IDPs.

Hoti said the return and rehabilitation of displaced persons is a difficult challenge for the government as compared to providing them relief. In order to revamp the damaged infrastructure of the Malakand Division, the government requires about 2 billion dollars, he added.

He said the government realises the fact that the civil administration in the Malakand Division was weak as a result of which militants got space and organised themselves in the region. However, now, he continued, the government will make civil administration more strong and effective so that militants could not get any other chance of re-grouping in the area.

In this connection, the chief minister said, the government has decided to set up more police stations in Malakand besides recruiting ex-armymen in a Special Security Force. He said the government has broken the back of the militants in Swat and other areas, but they have not been completely eliminated. We have reports that militants have moved to remote areas and may try to regroup. But, he went on to say, we will not provide them any chance to reorganise themselves.

We have made a resolve of complete elimination of militants from the society because they are the enemy of people and nation and have committed inhuman crime which is not tolerable in any society. Hoti said the government also needs people’s support in complete elimination of militants and in this connection it has been decided to recruit 7,000 people from communities under the Community Policing Programme.

Source: The News

Date:6/30/2009