By Zia Ur Rehman
September 17, 2015
Mehsud tribal elders living in Karachi have started an initiative to promote education in the community, especially for those who had migrated to the city from South Waziristan in 2009 because of the military operation against Taliban militants there.
Dozens of Mehsud tribal elders, including serving and retired bureaucrats and social activists, gathered in Sohrab Goth on Tuesday and agreed to extend the network of the Mehsud Welfare Association (MSA) – a body formed in Islamabad a few months ago – to Karachi.
Rehmat Khat Mehsud, Roshan Khan, Rozi Khan Burki, and Dr. Noorullah Mehsud were among the government officials who had arrived in the city from Islamabad to attend the meeting.
Karachi-based Mehsud tribal leaders, former councillor Mehmood Khan Mehsud, Jahanzaib Burki, and Haji Yagistan Mehsud, were given the responsibility to organise the MSA across the city.
Mehmood told The News that spreading education was the MSA’s main priority and the body was planning to set up free tuition centers and provide financial assistance to needy and deserving students.
“We will ask rich community members, non-governmental organisations and government officials to contribute to the noble cause of educating our children for a better tomorrow,” he added. “We are planning many projects including free health services.”
When military operation Rah-e-Nijat was launched against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in South Waziristan in October 2009, an estimated 364,000 people from five of the agency’s tehsils – Ladha, Makeen, Sararogha, Sarweki and Khaisor – had to leave their native towns.
Largely belonging to the Mehsud tribe, most of these internally displaced people have been living in the nearby districts of Tank and DI Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, a significant number of the displaced families had chosen to come to Karachi.
Settled mainly in the city’s suburban parts including Sohrab Goth, Ittehad Town, many neighbourhoods along Super Highway and Northern Bypass, Pipri, and Landhi’ s Gulshan-e-Buner area , most of them are working as daily-wage labourers, private security guards and Qingqi drivers.