Pakistan pays compensation to hundreds of terror victims

The kin of 801 victims of terrorism in the Swat valley in northwest Pakistan have been compensated.

Updated: May 15, 2010, 00:11 AM IST

Peshawar: The kin of 801 victims of
terrorism in the Swat valley in northwest Pakistan have been
compensated while the cases of 1,200 more have been sent to
authorities for approval, an official said on Friday.

Malakand Division Commissioner Fazal Karim Khattak
told a news conference at Saidu Sharif in Swat that
compensation had been paid to the kin of 801 people who were
killed in terrorist acts that occurred before April 30, 2009.

The cases of 1,200 more people who fell victim to
terrorism after April 30, 2009 have been sent to the
provincial home department for necessary action.

Their kin would be compensated once these cases are
cleared by authorities in Peshawar, the capital of
Khyber-Pukthoonkhwa.

Due to a lack of resources, the government could not
take relief measures in time and this created a sense of
deprivation among the affected people, Khattak said.

Urgent relief steps could not be taken unless
militancy is completely eliminated from the region, he added.

The Khyber-Pukthoonkhwa government has set up an
institute called Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and
Settlement Authority (PRRSA), which has finalised the planning
for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in Malakand
division, he said.

PRRSA requires Rs 21 billion for reconstruction and
rehabilitation schemes in Swat and other districts of Malakand
division.

The Pakistan Army completed the reconstruction of 339
damaged schools in Malakand division at a cost of Rs 420
million.

In all, 23,000 households were destroyed in Malakand
division and Mohmand and Bajaur tribal agencies due to
terrorism-related incidents, PRRSA chief Shakil Qadar told
reporters at Saidu Sharif.

Qadar said the number of schools that were totally
destroyed in Malakand division is 150, and 115 of them are in
Swat.

The government plans to reconstruct 104 schools and
tenders will be floated soon.

PTI