Who is responsible for TDPs?

Who is responsible for Temporary Displaced Persons of North Waziristan?

Pakistan Army started military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan by name of ZarbeAzb on 15th June. This operation is progressing successful but private media houses of Pakistan have sidelined the ongoing operation and giving all coverage to current political chaos and protests. Whether it is news bulletin or it is talk shows, all anchors and journalists talk about ongoing protests, no coverage to ZarbeAzb is given.

Whenever I see news bulletin these days, I feel as if the focus of Pakistani media is on protests and current political chaos. News Channels only talk about Imran Khan, and Dharna. Hardly any news with respect to North Waziristan’s operation ZarbeAzb and problems of TDPs are hardly shown by private media channels.

It is unfortunate to see that our media doesn’t work according to national priorities. If we see the foreign media, every media house works according to national priorities of its own country. They support their military forces; they telecast their forces’ achievements again and again. For example, CNN and BBC reporting for Afghanistan and Iraq. However, this spirit lacks in our Pakistani media.

More than sixteen hundred local and foreign terrorists are killed by forces since the beginning of ZabeAzb’s military operation. The region has long been home to local and foreign militants who carry out attacks in Pakistan.

There is need to support our forces for the fight against terrorists. Mutual co-ordination between civil administration, political government and army is required for the rehabilitation and settlement of IDPs. It is not the responsibility of only Pakistan Army to work for TDPs; it is responsibility of Government to work for their settlement.

These political rallies won’t bring any fruit instead can create chaos. All political parties should focus on IDPs. IDPs have to stay in IDP camps till the army clears North Waziristan. Long term planning for IDPs is required as these 1 million people will have to be settled back to their homes.

Even media is giving more coverage to political parties’ rallies (going to be held next month) instead of giving coverage to IDPs. Even news channels talk show programs are about upcoming rallies. Media should give coverage to condition and problems faced by IDPs. There are hundreds of untold stories among IDPs that can reveal their dark days spent back in their home because of militants.

Instead of wasting money in public rallies, why don’t our political parties spend this finance on rehabilitation and settlement of IDPs? At this moment, we have to give final blow to terrorists and terrorism. We have to be UNITED and follow one way. Our politicians and political parties need to forget their political differences and let the nation focus on cause of helping IDPs.

By improved role of politicians, media and civil administration, the nation can stay united in fight against terrorists. There is need to utilize funds for TDPs properly. And by utilizing those funds, these internally displaced persons can have better life.

We all should keep in mind the golden words: ‘UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL’.


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