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MINGORA: Awami National Party provincial president and former chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Thursday criticised the PTI-led provincial government for failing to provide relief and shelter to most internally displaces persons of North Waziristan Agency.

Talking to reporters here, Hoti said over 2.5 million people were displaced from Swat and other districts of Malakand division due to military operation during the ANP government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but they all were provided with necessary relief and facilities.

He said the current provincial government had miserably failed to provide relief to IDPs of North Waziristan.

Hoti says there should be no restriction on IDPs’ movement

The ANP leader demanded the immediate provision of relief and shelter to IDPs and said all displaced persons were Pakistanis and there should be no restriction on their movement in the country.

He said his party had reservations about the last general elections, especially in the province, as militant threats stopped its leaders and workers from canvassing.

Hoti said he thought PTI chief Imran Khan’s protest against the alleged election rigging in provinces other than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was pointless.

“We’d been forced to refrain from carrying out election campaign in the province, which is also rigging,” he said.

The ANP leader said his party believed in political system and won’t be part of any struggle aimed at toppling the government.

Earlier, he along with ANP leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Aqil Shah, Sardar Hussain Babak, Wajid Ali Khan, Ayub Khan and Sher Shah Khan, met senior politician Afzal Khan Lala at his house in Dureshkhela area here and discussed political issues.

Hoti also met disgruntled ANP leader Haji Hameedur Rehman at his residence in Kanjo and promised necessary action to address his reservations.

He also went to the house of ANP leader Khalilur Rehman, who was gunned down lately, and offered fateha for the departed soul.

Dengue Case

A dengue case was reported in Mingora on Thursday taking the number of people suffering from the killer disease in Swat district to four.

Local officials said Sahibzada of Bara Bandai area had tested positive for dengue and was admitted to a ward set up at the Saidu Teaching Hospital for such patients.

The administration claims it has completed a dengue awareness campaign in all sensitive areas of the district.

Assistant commissioner of Swat Ashfaq Khan said the administration had declared all nine union councils of Mingora city the high-risk areas and that all preventive measures against the disease had already been taken.

“We hope there will be no outbreak of dengue this year,” he said, adding that public awareness of the ways and means to prevent dengue was more important than cure.

He said the administration had created separate wards in civil hospitals of all sensitive tehsils in Swat for dengue patients.

Meanwhile, Saidu Teaching Hospital chief executive Professor Taj Mohammad Khan said a 100-bed ward had been set up for dengue patients at the hospital.

He also said the hospital had offered a separate outdoor patient department to suspected dengue patients.

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014

Comments (11) Closed

haris Jun 27, 2014 01:01pm

"Hoti says there should be no restriction on IDPs

Nuur Hasan Jun 27, 2014 01:08pm

Disgraceful headline. IDPs are not even KP govt's responsibility. They are fedaral's govts. KP govt is the only govt who welcomed IDPs with open arms.

mansoor Jun 27, 2014 01:24pm

This was coming and PTI should have seen it coming. What was the contingency plan. In their hatred for the central government they were blinded and have let a crisis develop at their doorstep. Great leadership anticipates what may happen tomorrow and take preventive and pro active actions and not react to crisis.

Harmony Jun 27, 2014 02:00pm

@mansoor - The operation was decided by central government. So, they should have been

Last Word Jun 27, 2014 02:24pm

PTI is playing politics not providing help to IDP's to malign the ruling party which is indeed criminal and needs to be condemned. Imran may sit for another dharna making IDP as an issue.

Ahmed Jun 27, 2014 02:52pm

IDP's are from North Wazristan which is part of FATA not KP and FATA Comes under Federal Govt. So ANP needs to point fingers at those who are responsible & that person is PM Nawaz Sharif

NADEEM Jun 27, 2014 03:21pm

under fire from who?media

Zaffar Jun 27, 2014 03:30pm

IDPs are not KPK , It come under FATA, and Federal government is fully responsible for their all needs. Hotee and All ANP are political point scrorer.

jake Jun 27, 2014 03:33pm

People within PTI are fed-up as Imran Khan operates like a dictator, making more enemies than friend. You don't like his style he won't work with you. PTI and its leaders pick holes in every party as if they are all saints. I can see spilit as KPK people haven't seen much change as was promised.

Hammad Haider Jun 27, 2014 03:47pm

I am a Bannu resident myself and have seen these developments with my own eyes. Honestly, for the first one week PTI and army were the only ones working to help out the IDPs. There was no presence of the federal institutions at all. This news is disgraceful to say the least and is trying to play politics only.

Huzaifah Jun 27, 2014 06:39pm

IK Better focus here.