ISLAMABAD - The government has come up with a relief package for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Malkanad Division by providing Rs 8 billion for the relief work, one time grant of Rs 25,000 for per displaced family, admission of professional students from the affected areas to the institutions in other districts and allowing duty free import of relief goods. A high level meeting, co-chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday approved the package. The meeting vowed to adopt all measures for the relief and rehabilitation of the IDPs. The meeting also decided to provide eight billion rupees initially for the relief work, to be carried out by various relief agencies, besides one time grant of Rs 25, 000 per household direct to the IDPs. The spokesperson of the President Farhatullah Babar informed that the displaced students of professional colleges of Swat and Malakand would be given admission to professional institutions in other districts of the province. Students of Malakand and Swat studying in other parts of the country will be exempted from payment of tuition fee while relief goods and equipment donated for the IDPs will be allowed duty free import, he explained. PIA has been directed to airlift relief goods free of cost and Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) asked to waive, one time only, the prescribed conditions for the issuance of smart cards to enable the displaced people benefit from it without hassle, the meeting decided. According to the decision, the BISP will now not require the IDPs to produce computerised identity cards nor insist on making payment to the female member of the family, as is required at present. This relaxation will, however, be allowed for one time only. The federal government would ensure that essential medicines are invariably available for the IDPs on the camps and off the camps. The meeting also decided to provide soft loans and defer repayment of loans from ADBP and House Building Finance Corporation. As per the decision made in the meeting, NADRA has been directed to increase its staff and registration units manifold and expeditiously issue smart cards to the displaced persons. Special training programmes will be launched by NAVTEC to train people in trades and enable them to take up gainful employment on return. The meeting was attended by Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Information, Senator Rehman Malik, Minister for Interior, Shaukat Tarin, Advisor to PM on Finance, Farzana Raja, Chairperson BISP, Farah Ispahani, MNA, Owais Ahmed Ghani, Governor NWFP, Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Chief Minister NWFP, Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Finance and EAD, Provincial ministers Syed Zahir Ali Shah and Rahimdad Khan, and the Commander Special Support Group besides others. Addressing the meeting, the President said that the IDPs had made huge sacrifices for the survival of the country and the government would do everything possible to rehabilitate them. He said that during his visit abroad he had taken up the issue forcefully with the world leaders and they had assured the provision of all necessary help. The President said that he would shortly meet members and organisations of national and international business communities to adopt IDPs villages for the rehabilitation and reconstruction on voluntary basis, the Spokesperson added. The President also directed that the registration of the displaced persons and distribution of cash, food and relief goods must be done in an absolutely transparent manner. The President said that defeat for the government was no option. We must win the fight and we will, the President said. He also added that the government had urged the international community for greater assistance and he would be going to the EU-Summit next month to seek greater international support in this regard. The President said Pakistan with international support and marshalling its own resources will soon be able to overcome the difficult situation. The Prime Minister speaking on the occasion said that war against militants was fully backed by the people of Pakistan, the Parliament, political parties, cabinet and religious leaders. However, he added that military action was not the final solution and the government had also adopted a 3-R approach aimed at Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. Earlier, the NWFP Chief Secretary and Commander of the Special Support Group briefed the meeting. APP adds: President and PPP Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said Pakistan is fighting the war of its survival and the government launched military operation as a last resort against the militants and extremists, who challenged the writ of the state. The President was presiding over a meeting of the Senators, MNAs and MPAs of PPP and its allies and JUI from NWFP held here in the Presidency to discuss the current political situation in the country particularly the relief and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of military operation in Malakand Division. The meeting was also attended by Chairman ANP Asfandyar Wali Khan, Chief of JUI Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, Chief Minister NWFP Ameer Haider Khan Hoti and Federal Ministers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Azam Khan Swati and Senator Waqar Ahmad Khan. The President took the participaants into confidence about the prevailing political and security situation. The President said that presently we are very much concerned and focusing on the relief and rehabilitation of people displaced from their homes. Talking to MPs, the President referred to Wednesdays meeting that reviewed the situation arising out of massive displacement from Swat and adjourning areas. He said that we have already announced a relief package for rehabilitation of the IDPs. The President said that he impressed upon the world leaders during his visit to Libya, US, UK and France that without the support and assistance of international community Pakistan would not be able to combat war against militancy and extremism in the region and to rehabilitate the IDPs. The President said that he also met UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who assured full support of the UN in relief and rehabilitation of the displaced people. He said that all ministers invariably should visit the relief camps and suggest to the government to undertake measures for the rehabilitations of the IDPs. The President said that a focal person will be nominated in the Presidency for effective coordination and streamlining the relief measures undertaken by the government and other agencies and also to communicate to the concerned authorities the problems of the IDPs. The name of focal person would soon be announced, he added. On a suggestion from the participants the President said that elected representatives particularly from Swat and Malakand will be fully involved in relief and rehabilitation tasks. The President invited the MPs to offer suggestion in this regard and said that their suggestions will be given due consideration while formulating plans and strategies for the rehabilitation of the IDPs. Some MPs who spoke on the occasion said that Pakistan will have to continue the fight till the end for the survival of the country. They said that military operation became imperative to purge the society of extremists and militants, to restore writ of the state and to ensure peace and stability in the region.