Monday, 20 September 2010

0.2 million people of Balochistan, displaced after Pakistani army operation

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Occupied Balochistan:At least 0.2 million people of Dera Bugti and Kohlu, displaced after army operation couple of years back and got shelter in the bordering areas of Sindh and Punjab, are remain homeless as their makeshifts have been inundated due to devastating floods.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Balochistan have left their homeland after military action in Musharraf era. They were given assurances by the President and Prime Minister for their resettlement but initiatives have yet to be taken in this regard.According to the report of Baloch Unity Conference (BUC), despite the assurance of authorities the issue of IDPs settlement is yet to be resolved and the affected people of these boarding areas are not being treated as other victims of the flood.

The BUC report disclosed that around 185,000 people migrated from Dera Bugti in March 2005 following the military action. Similarly, such a big number of people from district Kohlu had left their homes and still homeless. The IDPs took shelters in the border areas of Sindh and Punjab and still deprived of the basic needs of life. Quoting the statements of IDPs, the BUC pointed out that the displaced people of Dera Bugti, Sui, Kohlu, Kahn districts and other areas were shifted to deserted area of different parts of Sindh and Punjab including Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Kacha, Rohri, Dera Murad, Jaffarabad, Kohriji, Darki, Ubaru, Dera Ghanzi Khan, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad and other parts. There are 25,000 people who were shifted to Tesil Debiji, Punjab alone.
It is pertinent to mention here that despite of tall claims of the authorities, Balochistan government could not even gather the data of their own displaced people those remain suffer without food and other basic facilities.

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