Senator Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, visited the Tirah Valley in the Khyber Tribal District on Friday.
It has hosted thousands of internally displaced families returning home after twelve long years.
During the visit, she announced the Federal Government’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash scheme for 15,699 affected families, following the Prime Minister’s approval. Each family will receive cash assistance of Rs 20,000 as immediate relief.
In Tirah, Dr Sania was joined by senior Pakistani Army and Frontier Corps KP officials. She also interacted with the men and women of the affected families and assessed their needs.
“I salute the bravery and sacrifice of the displaced families of Tirah who have been forced to stay away from their homes for the past 12 years due to militancy and following military operations. It is very encouraging to see that life in the Tirah Valley is now returning to normal.
The Federal Government is committed to supporting all affected people returning to different parts of Tirah.
While in Tirah, Dr. Sania also reviewed arrangements to open Ehsaas registrars.
The Ehsaas Shock Responsive Registry is being operationalized in the valley for self-registration of families in need of Ehsaas cash assistance.
According to the directives of the Prime Minister, an Ehsaas food truck was also mobilized in Tirah to deliver cooked meals to the populations.
About 15,699 families had to leave the valley when militants occupied their area, located near the Afghan border, and a military operation began against them. Security forces have now cleared the area of militants, so displaced families are now returning to their hometowns.
The Tirah Valley is located about 90 km southwest of Peshawar. The valley is home to six major Afridi sub-tribes including Bar Qambar Khel, Qamar Khel, Kuki Khel, Malikdin Khel, Sipah and Aka Khel.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 5and2022.