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Sindh can’t afford more IDPs: CM

Updated Jul 22, 2014 12:13pm


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Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. — File photo
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. — File photo

KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said Sindh cannot afford a further influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to the ongoing military operation against militants in North Waziristan, as the province has already been facing difficulties owing to the earlier influx of Afghan refugees, IDPs and over two million ‘aliens’.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day international trade exhibition, ‘My Karachi: Oasis of Harmony’, here at the Expo Centre on Friday.

Mr Shah said his government sealed borders and took several measures to stop IDPs’ migration from North Waziristan to Sindh such as strict checking of passengers entering the province by road, air and train from other areas.

He said it was due to these measures that at least 15 militants who had attempted to enter Sindh as IDPs were arrested.

However, the Awami National Party (ANP) said it would welcome IDPs from Waziristan in Sindh while asking the government to restrict the entry of only those people who had links with militants.

Sindh ANP General Secretary Younus Bunairi said the government should not place a ban on IDPs’ entry.

The people of Waziristan were peace loving, but they were made hostage by a minority group having an extremist mindset, he said, adding that the ANP would fully support the people who had to leave their area due to the operation.

He said that the ANP had been facing threats from militant outfits on a daily basis but the party would never support the move to ban the IDPs entry into Sindh.

He said the operation in North Waziristan was not like the Swat operation that caused displacement of a very large population. He was of the opinion that only a few people would come to Karachi and it was not a big deal for the government to scrutinise them.

Earlier, Sindh ANP President Senator Shahi Syed along with Mr Bunairi called on the chief minister and discussed the security situation in the wake of the army operation in North Waziristan against militants.—APP/PPI

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2014

Comments (24) Closed

Ahmer Jun 21, 2014 08:43am

I do not blame CM Sindh for being scared of polio and terrorism? Why has Punjab never taken any IDPs?

mk Jun 21, 2014 08:48am

Pakistan belong to pakistanis and no law can stop them in entering any part of the country. Thery are as pakistanis as qaim ali shah and other politicians are.

Inam Jun 21, 2014 09:13am

It's govt job to provide shelter to these IDPs. If you close provincial frontiers then what message we are giving to the world and those poor displaced country men. They are not all terrorists. Strict security messure for checking should be applied but you can't barred our fellow country men from entering any province.

Inam Jun 21, 2014 09:16am

Roti, kapra aur makan isn't your motto dear cm sindh. Though you are denying temporary shelter (makan) to these pakiatanis. Aren't these pakistanis?

H Mirza Jun 21, 2014 09:51am

These shameless politicians beg for foreign aid at any opportunity. But when the chance comes to help our own compatriots...doors are closed! Simply because no money is coming with their misery. This is the height of cruelty and immorality. To live in people sponsored palaces and enjoy untold luxuries and to claim no space for IDPs. They are Pakistanis. This old dinosaur has no right to stop them. Who stopped Karachiites from resettling throughout country when they fled the terror that has claimed Karachi for more than 20 years.

Rashid Ishaq Jun 21, 2014 10:18am

@Ahmer Punjab never sealed its boarders for IDPS; please speak the facts; I am not supporter of Shahbaz but the majority of Pukhtoon and Afghan IDPS residing in Punjab than any other province

M. Jan Jun 21, 2014 11:05am

So, it is OK to accommodate millions of refugees from other countries in Sindh but the women and children of Waziristan, a part of Pakistan, are aliens in their own country and are not welcome in Karachi. Looks like people from this particular ethnic group are now officially second class citizen in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Naved Jun 21, 2014 11:23am

Additional resources should be allocated for sindh if IDPs have to come. Secondly, it should be made 100% sure that not a single militant will enter in Sindh/Karachi on the name of IDPs. Thirdly, whoever, is advocating the free movement of IDPs should give grantee that the displaced people will go back to their places after the completion of operation and will not settled in Sindh. Everyone one should understand that the crippling economy and infrastructure of Sindh can not bear sudden influx of people.

Najamuddin Jun 21, 2014 11:30am

PPP Central leadership and MQM both been rightly demanding for decisive Operation against the terrorists which was also supported by over whelming majority of the Nation. Now when the Operation has been started as per their long demand, both the parties should welcome the IDPs with open hearts providing them all possible facilities, help and support. They deserve the same.

Rizwan Jun 21, 2014 11:52am

its good to stop them . as earlier influx has already created problems for karachi..katti pahari looks like mini afghanistan...why Punjab is reluctant to carry this weight ??? as it is nearer to NW . !!! why always Sindhi has to carry the refuges since 1947 .. Muhajirs from india and now NW' Sindhi suppose to be a shelter house ? these people create anarchy and lawless where they live ,,,then u blame easily Sindhi government for lawless.... stop them to enter in the province.

atif Jun 21, 2014 12:18pm

may be space can be made by expelling qaim ali shah and cohorts

and since when we pakistanis r required to have visa for travelling within country

Khalid Jun 21, 2014 12:22pm

The constitution guarantees free movement for all Pakistanis. Looks like now a visa is needed to visit Sindh.

Jawad Jun 21, 2014 12:59pm

Can some one explain to me how come the IDP's are not being settled in Khyber? Isnt that the most logical thing to do? I mean these are displaced folks already suffering shouldn't the federal government service them near their area versus over 24 hours away in Karachi?

Liaqat Yousufzai Jun 21, 2014 01:02pm

@Naved They can stay wherever they want. They are not third degree citizen of the country but proud Pakhtuns whose sacrifices cannot be forgiven

adeel Jun 21, 2014 01:04pm

Yea it's not the idp guys its actually ghosts who come and rob karachi residents and extort money.shame on anp just wanting more votes

Khalid Jun 21, 2014 01:11pm

100% agreed with government. Sindh is already suffering a lot because of immigrants.

Kashif Shahzad Jun 21, 2014 01:19pm

You need to highlight the fact that Sindh has already given major chunk of resources for this country.

AdHawk Jun 21, 2014 01:21pm

All politics is ethnic. In Pakistan, that is. Parties are neatly aligned on tribal lines. Barely a peep settling millions of Afghans, but a few thousand odd Wazirs are now a burden. Don't even bring up the Biharis of East Pakistan.

Frankenstine Jun 21, 2014 04:40pm

so peple of FATA are not Pakistani.... how can any province shutdown its gates for any Pakistan? and PPP was protagonist of NW operation now it should share responsibility.....

Shamoon Ahmad Jun 22, 2014 02:57am

@Khalid ..Look at the economy of Karachi and then decide if immigrant are the reason for Sindh's misfortune. Being Shikarpuri I would suggest an anecdote for healthy mind, "please look beyond the rat hole".

Shiraz Jun 22, 2014 03:31am

@Inam It is not temprary. They are permanent once they have moved in. Why don't you allow these in other provinces? U may even take them to your house and feed them??

SU Khattak Jun 22, 2014 04:20pm

@Naved IDP or not every Pakistani has the constitutional right to live wherever in Pakistan they like. @navad, please look at your own roots and then re-read the comment you have made!!!!

Malik Jun 22, 2014 08:51pm

This is what happened when you do an operation without doing the risk assessment of its impact.

khanm Jun 25, 2014 06:38pm

Sindh can