FDMA DG removed over ‘inadequate facilities for IDPs’

PESHAWAR: Director General FATA Disaster Management (FDMA) Arshad Khan has been removed from his position.

The DG FDMA was removed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi for failure to provide adequate facilities to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

According to a government notification, the decision was taken by Governor Abbasi when he met with Chief of Waziristan Malik Nasirullah during his recent visit to Bannu. Nasirullah complained that IDPs were facing difficulties in receiving funds via mobile SIMs and several people have not been able to be registered.

Secretary Establishment, Abid Majeed has been given additional charge of DG FDMA until a new appointment is made.

As tens of thousands of displaced tribespeople from North Waziristan Agency pour into Bannu, health authorities have declared the district ‘most vulnerable’ for polio.

Official data from the Provincial Polio Control Room (PPCR), established at the Chief Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell, reveals that the number of polio vaccine refusals in Bannu district has increased manifold over the past month.

According to PPCR data, the number of refusals increased from 4,200 during the polio vaccination drive carried out between June 6 and June 8, to 12,043 during the vaccination campaign run from June 23 to June 25.