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Pakistan: Armed Conflict

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in (a) the Swat Valley and (b) north west Pakistan; and if he will make a statement. (277484)

Access to the Swat Valley is severely constrained for relief agencies; however, information from partners, including the United Nations, suggests that the humanitarian situation in the Swat Valley is very poor. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) states that the region’s principal hospital in Mingora has been cut off from water and electricity supply systems. Across the Swat Valley, frequent curfews make it difficult for people to reach basic services.

Outside conflict areas there are 26 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), hosting approximately 275,000 people. The humanitarian situation in these camps is stable. Outside the camps and across Pakistan there are estimated to be just over 2 million registered IDPs living with friends or family or in private rented accommodation.