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A New District In Swat

A new district in Swat

The Swat Valley in northern Pakistan is usually referred to as the Switzerland of Asia but a learned friend, who paid a visit to Swat recently, put it thus: “Switzerland…

Splitting Swat

The writer heads an independent organisation dealing with education and development in Swat. It is hard to estimate the population of a country where national census has not been carried…

Swatting Away The Deficit

Swatting away the deficit

Back in January of this year, the State Bank had cautioned that foreign inflows were dwindling even as foreign exchange reserves increased, and pointed to the problems that this scenario…

Education In Swat-Kohistan

Education in Swat-Kohistan

For the last four months I have been closely engaged with the communities living in faraway villages over the hills of Swat-Kohistan on a campaign for the improvement in quality,…

Lessons From Swat

Lessons from Swat

With Operation Zarb-i-Azb under way in North Waziristan, Pakistan can draw some important lessons from Operation Rah-i-Rast aimed at clearing Swat of the Mullah Fazlullah-led militants in 2009. True, that…

The Swat Lesson

The Swat lesson

Since the start of the process of negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the last military operation against the Taliban in Swat has been a hot topic in the media. One…

Mental Health In Swat

Mental health in Swat

There are two main types of mental health problems in Pakistan: one is the lunacy and the stark raving madness of the bigots who seek to destroy the country through…

Heroes Of Swat

Heroes of Swat

Malala Yousafzai did not win the International Children’s Peace Prize, the initiative of a Dutch group, on Universal Children’s Day but she was among the top five favourites selected from…

Have The Swat Taliban Been Routed?

Have the Swat Taliban been routed?

As expected, the armed forces have regained control of most of Buner and Lower Dir districts. In the Swat valley, the Taliban fighters were outflanked and forced to flee the…

Evaluating The Swat Test

Evaluating the Swat test

Has the military operation in Swat to regain control of the area delivered a decisive blow to militancy in Malakand? Has it just dispersed or irreversibly weakened the Taliban there?…