War-displaced to begin returning to SWaziristan next month

The repatriation of people displaced by the military operation against the Taliban in South Waziristan tribal region of northwest Pakistan will begin in the first week of December, officials said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

Peshawar: The repatriation of people
displaced by the military operation against the Taliban in
South Waziristan tribal region of northwest Pakistan will
begin in the first week of December, officials said on Saturday.

A grand `jirga` (council) of the Mehsud tribe and the
political administration of South Waziristan Agency agreed on
the phased return of the displaced people.

The meeting was also attended by army officials.
South Waziristan`s Political Agent Atifur Rehman, in
his address to the jirga, said the displaced people would
first return to six villages where complete peace had been
restored.

Each family will be provided Rs 25,000 on its return.
Free transportation and rations for six months will
also be provided to them, he said.

A 120-member delegation of tribal elders will be sent
to the area before the repatriation begins to assist the
process.

PTI