PESHAWAR: The process of repatriation of the Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) that began on March 31 continued on its second day on Wednesday as 45 more families left for the native town in the agency from Bannu.
However, the heavy rain badly affected the repatriation process of IDPs today as only 45 families could return to their homes in Spin Wam area. The Baka Khel camp authorities repatriated the second convey of Zarb-e-Azb operation’s TDPs for North Waziristan.
The people are given one month ration; Rs 10,000 for transport while Rs 25,000 for the initial expenses of settlement. It is important to mention here that over 70,000 tribesmen of SWA have already returned to their native towns during the first 11 phases of TDPs repatriation program.
As many as 121 dislocated families in a caravan of vehicles and passengers pickup had left for their hometowns in NWA on Tuesday.
The displaced families were saw off by Director General Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) Akramullah Khan, Political Agent North Waziristan Agency, Commissioner Bannu and senior civil and military officers saw off the repatriated families.
Director, FDMA, Irfan Khan Khilji told APP that the TDPs has started return journey to Shameri area of Spinwam tehsil of Mir Ali sub division of North Waziristan Agency in a caravan of vehicles amid full throat slogans of Pakistan Zindabad and Pakistan Army Zindabad.
He said the Government officials saw off the displaced families at Bakhakhel relief camp.
The TDPs are coming in large number at Bakakhel relief camp located at Frontier Region Kohat for registration for onward journey to North Waziristan.
The Government would also assist the TDPs in reconstruction of their damaged houses and rebuilding of other infrastructure like hospitals, roads and schools.
The TDPs of Tehsil Mir Ali will be repatriated to their native areas from April 1 to April 10, 2015 in the first phase whereas tribesmen of Sashi Khel area will return from April 20-24 next month.
The tribesmen were jubilant on their return journey as young people sang national and traditional local songs and danced on beat drums at Bakakhel camp.
They thanked the Federal Government and Pakistan Army for their extended facilities and assistance provided to them during their stay at Bakakhel and other relief camps in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
The tribesmen vowed not to allow militants to regroup again in their areas and announced to extend full cooperation to security forces and political administration in future.