575,000 IDPs registered in Bannu

BANNU – Commissioner Bannu, Syed Mohsin Ali, said on Friday that so far 575,000 people had been registered as IDPs adding that more than 28,000 families had received financial assistance.

Sharing the details with journalists of ongoing relief efforts for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the wake of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the commissioner said that three registration points were established for the registration of people coming from different areas of North Waziristan, adding that the supply for food and other necessities had already began in the area.

He also told the briefing that aid was received from all over the country to facilitate the relief efforts. An Army officer Brigadier Aftab, also spoke to the journalists and said that army had distributed food ration to 70 per cent of the families. 40,000 families have received ration, the military official said adding, "In coming days, Baka Khel camp would be transformed into a model camp."

The official requested the IDPs residing in cities to come at the Baka Khel camp. Brig Aftab informed that Ramazan packages have been distributed to 90 per cent of the families, adding that the Eid packages would be distributed from today. Pakistan began Zarb-i-Azb, a long-awaited military offensive aimed at eliminating Taliban militants from their stronghold in the North Waziristan tribal district, last week, following a brazen attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

The operation, involving air strikes, tanks and heavy artillery has forced the exodus of large number of people, mainly to the nearby town of Bannu just outside the tribal zone.

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