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DDF Mansehra: Hitches in Reconstruction of Earthquake Hit Balakot City

Feb 28

9:00AM to 4:30PM

Circuit House, Mansehra

the backdrop of 2005 deadly earthquake, which completely destroyed Balakot town
of Mansehra district, the government had committed to relocate the town 20 kilometers
away from its actual location to a safer spot constructing quake proof houses
and providing basic facilities there. Earlier, the government had declared Balakot
a red zone area. The master plan involved compensation to 3,800 families of two
union councils and provision of property as well as economic, health and
recreational facilities by purchasing land around the various towns/villages in
Mansehra district. The purchased land was divided into five zones.

residents of Bakrial, a town located in Zone A, differed to this allotment
considering its economic importance and congested residential space. The plan
has been changed eight times yet the progress is minimal. Balakot and Bakrial
residents being resolute on their position of land allotments swayed to
violence which has resulted fatalities.

the risk of such hostility that surfaced at the District Dialogue Forum (DDF),
the conveners abide by the forum rules allowing every participant to present
uninterrupted insight, opinion and recommendations on the issue. With such
regulation of discipline and solution-oriented dialogue, the participants realized
that the conflict was not amongst the two localities; Balakot victims had no
preference as to where they would be accommodated by the government and were
not determined in attaining the land from Bakrial populace as was earlier
misunderstood. Bakrial residents, on the other hand, wanted accountability of
the funds allotted by the government and Earthquake Reconstruction and
Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) representatives and as from whom were their
lands purchased taking in account of previous ownership disputes in the zone.

Commissioner Zulfiqar Ali Shah and Director Housing/Urban Development
representing ERRA Lt-Col Abrar Ismail remained engaged with the participants to
discuss ?as to how the planning of the
?New Balakot City? would be done in order to bring the calamity-hit people back
to peace and relief. Lt-Col Abrar Ismail gave a comprehensive presentation on
the implementation of planned infrastructure (roads, water management, schools)
in the initial stage and then the rebuilding of houses during the next two
years. He clarified that ERRA had the authority to acquire land as it has the
mandate of development on a piece of land provided by the provincial government.

the end of two-day forum, a Joint Peace Committee was proposed that comprised
community leaders of both localities which accountability of Donor?s Funds. Furthermore,
the two conflicting parties ? Balakot and Bakrial – assigned roles and
responsibilities to relevant influential individuals that would be part of the
premeditated Joint Peace Committee. It was measured adamant that previous
pertinent authorities be incorporated for the resolution of the conflict, which
included commissioner of Hazara, representatives from PERA and ERRA (Mr Afaq),
DPO Mansehra, and formerly engaged government officials (Abdul Khalique). Former
Nazims were also agreed to be held accountable for the role they played over
time. The strategy intended to be implemented would be initiated with the
recovery of payments to various Bakrial land owners until disputes on ownership
be determined, followed by employment of locals in ERRA, which was minimal in
the past. The Joint Peace Committee was selected to enforce its right to information
for attaining data regarding strict accountability of ERRA funds, status of
available funds and where past expenses were designated.

List of Participants :
Name Designation
Mian Ashraf President Election
Committee Balakot
Haji Fazal ur
Amir Jamaat-e-Islami
Haji Khalid
Rustam Khan Tehsil President
Biladar Khan
Member Core Committee
PML-N Youth Wing
Babar Sharif
Vice President PML-N
Zanoon Qureshi PTI
M. Gulzeb Khan
Secretary Union PTI
Malik Khurram
President PTI, Vice
President I.S.F
Haji Rafeeq ur
Aman Committtee
Munsif Khan
Muhammad Amin
Senior Producer Radio
Dr. Wasim Amir
Chairman Open Welfare
Anti-narcotics Drugs Control Society
Masood Shoaib Press Club, Hazara
Khurshid Khan President PTI Tehsil
M. Moeed Khan PML-N
Resident Village
Taj Muhammad PTI Member
Wali ur Rehman PTI Member
Mansoor Ahmad Chairman Village
Toseef Ahmad
Umid Seraat Committee
Akhlaq Ahmed
Channel 5
Muhammad Akram
ARY News
Tayyab ur
Youth Secretary PTI
Tehsil Balakot
Akhtar Ali
Vice President GHS
Babar Saleem
Hanyat General Secretary
PML-N Mansehra
Muhammad Tariq Principal OMC
Zulfiqar Ali
Lt Col Abrar
Director Housing
(Urban Development, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) ERRA