IDPs? Not our headache!

In the present time of a National crisis, a strange issue has arose to haunt the IDPs of Swat and other areas affected by the ongoing military operation against the militants. The brotherly governments of the provinces of Punjab and Sindh have banned the entry of IDPs into their respective territories amidst fears of social unrest and related security woes. Punjab government alternatively is assisting the displaced only by providing medical and food supplies to the camps at places including Mardan and has been verbally barring IDPs from their province.

Sindh government, on the other hand, has sternly taken action by stranding thousands of men, women and children from Swat at Sindh-Punjab border, Kashmore. The decision has been taken by the PPP government in Sindh and is supported by its ally, the MQM. The main argument given is the fear of the Taliban disguised as IDPs entering into Karachi and other parts of the province; eventually creating a situation there.

There areĀ parties who are in favor of this decision and do not want terror-struck people from the Northern parts of the country to de-stabilize their social fabric. And then there are others who feel such discriminatory behavior towards the victims is not appropriate and that all Pakistanis should be free to move to any part of the country.

The question is; will it be possible for our national government to adequately manage, feed, and treat more than 2 million people at make-shift camps with conditions no worthy of human occupation? And for how long will it be able to keep these millions away from desperately joining the ranks of forces against the government and the state of Pakistan, especially when they are even being shunned by everyone including other provincial governments??

3 Comments so far

  1. saleemkadar on May 24th, 2009 @ 6:56 am

    I dont know why everyone is debating about what we going to do about IDPs. There must be some accountablity for the money comming in for the said purpose? If half of the money spend on them there wont be any problem of who going to take care of IDPs. All the people who are invloved in this mess, including the people who started this mess and the people who are trying to clean it. Both have the equal share in creating missery for the people who are caught in between for no reason.


  2. MB (kar_munib) on May 25th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    a COWARD and INHUMANE nation and its leadership

    thats the only word that comes in your mind.

    This all taliban crap is BULLSHIT, just political POINT scoring and ethnic point scoring. there are 2 million madrassa students all over PAKISTAN and they sympathise with TALIBANs in one way or other, why not throw em into SEA.
    Poor people from sawat are being treated like enemies by 2 numberi leaderships in PUNJAB and SINDH while balauchistan is already sick with PAKSITAN

    Pakistan ka allah hee hafiz hai


  3. seskey on May 28th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    The step by Punjab & SINDH govt is RIGHT.

    displaced shall be as close to their home towns as possible so their repatriation is swift quick and easy.

    those who are making noise have their OVERSEAS homes spick & span waiting so they will RUNAWAY when trouble is around the corner.



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