Sindh to keep IDPs in segregated camps
The lawmakers of Sindh were informed during the provincial legislature proceedings on Friday that the displaced people arriving in the province from red bottoms the strife hit northern parts of the country would be settled at segregated refugee camps.
The IDPs will be allowed to stay in the province only after a thorough screening and registration process and repatriated once the security situation in their hometowns improves.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro was telling the House about the new policy and system adopted for effectively dealing with the issue of displaced people reaching the urban areas of Sindh from the north, mostly from the tribal belt, to escape the threat posed by militants there.
The minister presented the policy statement on a call attention notice by Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Kamran Akhter who had inquired about the steps taken by the government to prevent the entry of terrorists in the province along with the displaced people from Waziristan.
The minister conceded that in the past, Taliban had managed to sneak into the province pretending to be displaced people.
“The new policy has been adopted to prevent this from happening.”
Mandhro said the displaced people would not be allowed to leave the camps. He added that the provincial government would do its best to provide food and civic and healthcare services to the displaced people at the camps. At the time of their arrival in Sindh, they will be screened and registered by security and intelligence personnel at check posts specially set up at the entry points of the province.
They will be photographed and their fingerprint data stored. Then they will be issued registration cards for temporarily staying in the province. The entry points of the province will be monitored using CCTV cameras.
Speaking in response to two other call attention notices, Mandhro said 119,800 of the 129,000 famine hit families of Thar had been provided with wheat bags. The rest, he added, would receive wheat bags soon.
“Each family is being provided with 50kg wheat which is enough for a month. The Sindh government will continue providing wheat bags to the families for the next two months,” said Mandhro.
The minister said Tharparkar was the poorest district of Sindh and a lack of healthcare facilities as well awareness of family planning took a toll on mothers, resulting in the birth of underweight babies who were prone to diseases
“There is a shortage of doctors in Tharparkar and the provincial government has been trying to address the problem.”
On Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Syed Khalid Ahmed’s adjournment motion, Mandhro said 15 people were killed and 20 others injured in an attack on Jhat Pat Market in Lyari on March 12.
He said the attack was carried out by members of a criminal gang in the area to avenge the killing of their colleagues.
The minister said following the attack, police red bottoms red bottoms rong>and Rangers had sprung into action and gunned down some of the criminals involved in the attack.
Other culprits were later arrested and being tried in courts.
The MQM MPA agreed not to press his adjournment motion on the incident as the restive town of Lyari had been peaceful for the last few red bottoms days. However, he pointed out that peace had been restored in Lyari following a pact between the area’s rival gangs mediated through private circles in Hyderabad, not by the government.
Ahmed added that the Sindh government had not played its due role for improving the security situation in Lyari so far.
Katchi Abadis Minister Jawed Nagori, who belongs to Lyari, said it were the innocent residents of Lyari who had suffered in the Jhat Pat Market attack. He added that eight terrorists had been nabbed by the law enforcement agencies in the Khadda Market area of Defence, one of them a security guard of an MNA.
The second resolution was moved by Dr Sikandar Mandhro, who is also the environment minister. It expressed the resolve of the Sindh Assembly to observe the Earth Hour falling on March 29.
The third resolution was moved by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf MPA Khurrum Sher Zaman. It called for the provision of first aid facilities to every injured person brought to a government or private hospital before the fulfilment of medico legal formalities that were necessary in criminal and accidental cases.