PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to call an All Parties Conference (APC) following the proposal extended by the provincial parliamentary leaders of political parties aimed at making a joint strategy for providing maximum relief to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency and maintain law and order situation in the province.

Both opposition and government members stressed the need for calling an APC to adopt a joint strategy for dealing with the problems and issues emanating from the influx of IDPs. The decision was taken in a special meeting with KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair at the CM Secretariat Peshawar.

All the parliamentary leaders of political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were specially invited. The meeting was attended by Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser, Senior Minister Finance and Ameer JI Sirajul Haq, Senior Minister Health and Chairman Awami Jamhori Itehad Shahram Khan Tarkai, Opposition leader in the KP Assembly Maulana Lutfur Rehman, Parliamentary Leader PML-N Aurangzeb Nalotha, Parliamentary leader ANP Sardar Hussain Babak, Parliamentary Leader PPP Fakhar-e-Azam Wazir, Minister Information Shah Farman Khan, Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan and Advisor to CM Rafaqatullah Babar besides IGP Nasir Durrani, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Muhammad Ishfaq Khan, DG PDMA and other concerned authorities.

On this occasion, parliamentary leaders put forward proposals and recommendations for proper look after of IDPs and improving law and order situation in the province while the chief minister, police chief and relief authorities assured proper consideration on it. They thanked the chief minister for taking political parties into confidence on this sensitive matter and assured that all-out cooperation would be extended to the provincial government in dealing with this serious human issue and ensuring protection of lives and properties of the people of entire province as well.

Pervez Khattak in light of the proposals directed the authorities that treatment and health facilities side by side with registration and shelter of the IDPs must be ensured on top priority basis due to the prevailing hot summer days. He said that it is essential to make adequate arrangements to administer polio drops and vitamins to the children of IDPs and health cover of the elders too. For this purpose, he said, emergency must be declared in all the concerned hospitals and health centres besides availability of the required medicines and equipment under well-conceived mechanism.

He assured that provincial government would ensure immediate release of the required funds in this regard. He further directed the PDMA and other relief agencies to streamline its relief activities besides effective liaison with Pak Army and federal relief organizations. He said sharing comprehensive data of the IDPs and updating it on scientific grounds is pre-requisite so that IDPs can be looked after in the real context and no incident of law & order surface as well.

Pervez Khattak on this occasion while briefing the parliamentary leaders of the government steps said that besides the assistance announced by the federal government and FDMA, the provincial government has immediately released Rs350 million for the IDPs. He said all the affected families will be paid Rs.5 thousand each upon arrival and will be paid Rs.7 thousand every month regularly. Similarly he said arrangements and mechanism for paying rent of those who preferred living in rented houses are also being evolved.

Arrangements for Ramzan Package are also being made while efforts will be also made, he added, for increasing the cash payments to the affected families in case of availability of additional resources. He said that the federal and provincial govts have decided not to appeal to world donor agencies for IDPs but all arrangements will be ensured through local resources however it was decided in the meeting that the political parties will activate their workers and office bearers at local level to extend moral and financial support to the IDPs in relief camps so that they do not feel loneliness and possibility of any human tragedy can be averted.

IGP also briefed the participants of the steps and strategies adopted for improving law and order in the province and assured that police force will not only discharge its prime obligation of protecting lives, properties and honour of the citizens and will ensure peace in the province but will also help in looking after the IDPs in a disciplined manner.