Govt starts process to resettle IDPs in South Waziristan
PESHAWAR: The government on Sunday launched a process of resettling tens of thousands of tribesmen displaced in a major offensive in South Waziristan last year, officials said.
The government has now set up two centres for the registration of people who want to resume normal life in the mountainous region, local administration official Mudassar Riaz Malik said. More than 40,000 families or some 300,000 people fled their homes during the offensive in the area, which was known to shelter battle-hardened Uzbeks and Arabs with links to al Qaeda. The military is now pursuing insurgents believed to have fled to the other six agencies that make up the FATA. South Waziristan’s displaced have mostly been staying with relatives, friends or in rented houses.
“The registration centres in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan started working today and the response was good,” Malik told AFP by telephone. The actual resettlement process will begin soon after registration is over, he said.
Source: Daily Times