Pakistan: the IDPs of North Waziristan are asked to return to their homes

Peshawar—The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan, from one of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, were asked to return to their homes and villages after they spent two years away. Zarbeazb, a Pakistan military operation targeting militant hide outs across Fata, was launched across the region after the attacks of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General: Raheel Sharif Addressing a gathering in North Waziristan (Photo by ISPR).

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General: Raheel Sharif Addressing a gathering in North Waziristan (Photo by ISPR).

The Inter Services Public Relations, the Pakistan army information wing, press release cites the address of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who visited North Waziristan and spent the day with tribes and troops there. The press release cites General Raheel Sharif who stated, “Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the fewer left out pockets”.

“Pakistan Army has undertaken 567 projects so far in the social sector, communication infrastructure and power sector in Waziristan”.

Requesting anonymity, one of the residents of North Waziristan, who has returned to his home village some days ago, told ArmedPolitics that nothing for use was available at their homes. “Rooms and walls were damaged; we could not see the popular Mirali and Miranshah bazars existing anymore”.

The useful items were looted from their homes which they had left behind in a rush to flee their village due to the start of the Zarbeazb operation. He explained over the phone that it was necesary to buy again grocery, kitchen tools, beds and other needed stuffs in the Bannu Bazar, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa settled districts adjacent to Fata.

A researcher at the University of Peshawar, International Relations department, Gul Marjan, 32, who used to visit Mirali and Miranshah bazars told armedpolitics that, “billions of Pakistani Rupees were invested by the residents in these bazars, and we have known through media that those bazars and villages were either bombed by Jet airplanes or bulldozed, because operation and war does not spare anything from human to property, wild life, and even the forests across North Waziristan are faced by manmade disasters”.

“Though government had vowed that liabilities would be paid for damages caused by the operation, but none is paid to the residents, traders, merchants and those whose houses are razed to the ground”.

And on update of the Zarbeazb result in statistics General Asim Bajwa had tweeted that “3400 terrorists killed, 837 hideouts” destroyed.


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Malik Achakzai covering, Afghanistan, Pakistan, politics, culture, development, relations, climate change and religions. Having master in Mass Communication from University of Balochistan, have worked for several media organizations including Voice of America, United Press International, The Friday Times, Afghanistan Times, Daily Times Pakistan, News Lens Pakistan as freelancer for last 8 years. @AfghanJourno