Rs500mn allocated for Zarb-i-Azb, NWA IDPs: Dar

Updated June 17, 2014

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Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar. – File Photo
Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar. – File Photo
Pakistani security personnel keep watch at a checkpoint in Hangu, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on June 17, 2014. – AFP Photo
Pakistani security personnel keep watch at a checkpoint in Hangu, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on June 17, 2014. – AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar Tuesday said that the government would exploit all out resources to ensure success of North Waziristan operation and facilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as Rs500 million have already been approved for the purpose.

“The government as well as the Parliament will meet all out requirements of the military operation. All resources will be used to facilitate the peace-loving men, women and children who will be displaced due to the operation till they settle again,” the minister said in his winding up speech of the general discussion on federal budget 2014-15 in the National Assembly.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had already announced that the operation would continue till all the havens of terrorists are dismantled and a committee has already been formed to oversee the operation.


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To a question raised by the parliamentarians that no allocation has been made for the operation and IDPs, the minister said constitutionally, the government was empowered to approve supplementary grant as well as re-appropriate the accounts.

“Was there any budget allocation for the victims of the flood and earthquake? This is how the government meets the expenditures,” Dar informed the house.

The finance minister said the minister incharge of the operation, Abdul Qadir Baloch had forwarded a requirement of Rs500 million for the facilitation of IDPs that had been approved within no time.