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Published Date: Jul 15, 2014

Ration or cash assistance cannot match sacrifices of IDPs: Qadir Baloch

Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt
Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch Tuesday said that ration or cash assistance
cannot match the sacrifices of internally displaced persons.

at a seminar organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI), he said that North Waziristan Agency entire political
administration has shifted to Bannu to help IDPs.

the assistance given to the IDPs, he said that for disbursement of
subsistence allowance, Zong Mobile company has distributed 45,000 SIMs
to IDPs out of which 39,619 have been activated.

He said that out of these activated SIMs messages regarding transfer of cash assistance have been sent on 1900 SIMs.

Declaring IDPs national heros, the minister said that government is committed to helping them in their of trial and tribulation.

said they have made best possible facilities at camps, however majority
preferred to stay with their relatives or in rented houses.

said that UAE government has pledged an amount 2.5 million US $ for the
relief operations, adding that 13 trucks-load food baskets have reached
Bannu and distributed among the IDPs.

minister said that the money required for the IDPs would be released
without any delay, adding that "we are taking care of them". He observed
that the terrorism has damaged the soft image of the country.

Information Pakistan Peoples Party Qamar Zaman Kaira, MQM MNA Rasheed
Godil, PTI MNA Ayesha Gulalai, Dr. Ayesha Saddiqa, Abid Sulei SDPI and
Mark Andre Franche UNDP also spoke on the occasion.

Zaman Kaira stressed the need for coordination among all the concerned
authorities and pledged to continue relief efforts for IDPs.

Ayesha Gulalai said that provincial government has taken many initiatives to facilitate the IDPs.

Andre Franche, a UNDP representative stressed the for providing basic
amenities of life including electricity, water, food and health
facilities to the IDPs.

"This is not only
responsibility of Pakistan, but share responsibility of all the nations
across the world to come forward and supplement the government efforts
in relief efforts for the IDPs" he added.