Stipend for slain tribal journalist’s children suspended
PESHAWAR: Suspension of stipend by the Federal Education Ministry has created problems for children of the slain tribal journalist, Hayatullah Dawar, as they are enrolled in a private school of the provincial metropolis.
Tribal journalist Hayatullah was mysteriously abducted from Mir Ali town in North Waziristan Agency on December 5, 2005 and later his bullet-riddled body was found on June 16, 2006. After his death, the federal government announced a stipend for the schooling of his children and the Federal Education Ministry started releasing the money. However, following devolution of the Education Ministry under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the amount was stopped.
“Since February last, we have not been receiving the stipends but we got a letter from the Federal Education Ministry directing us to approach the Federal Information Ministry for the purpose,” stated Hayatullah’s brother Ihsan Dawar, who is looking after the children. He said he had submitted applications to President Asif Ali Zardari and Federal Information Ministry for resuming the stipends and now waiting for the response.
Earlier, Kamran, the elder son of Hayatullah, was studying at the Durrani Public School in Bannu while the female children were admitted in schools in their native town, but they abandoned schooling due to closure of schools in the agency because of security situation.
Hayatullah’s children were enrolled at a local private school. The children were able to pay the schooling fee and other requirements from the educational stipends. Now as the stipend has been stopped, the children and their uncle Ihsan are faced with great hardships.
Source: The News