Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pakistan army says 37 militants killed in Swat

Pakistani troops pounded Islamic militants in the volatile northwest Saturday, killing 37 in retaliation for suicide attacks that have put pressure on the new government to counter a growing extremist threat.


The two main parties in the ruling coalition — who have been preoccupied with internal squabbling since forcing Pervez Musharraf to resign as president — dabbled in peace talks with the militants soon after taking power five months ago.

But after limited success, they have increasingly relied on military force to try to beat back al-Qaida and Taliban-linked insurgents in the remote and rugged tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.

The militants have responded with force in recent days.

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The Pakistan army says it has killed at least 35 militants in clashes in the north-western Swat Valley.
(source: BBC News)


Most people probably have no idea where the Swat Valley is located, so here is some important information:

Here is a link to a map showing the location of Swat:
Map

Swat is a valley and a district in the North-West Frontier Provinc (NWFP) of Pakistan. The capital is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty, and until recently a popular destination for tourists. It was a princely state in the NWFP until it was dissolved in 1969. Swat is sometimes called the Switzerland of Pakistan because of its geography.
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is a picture take from the Swat Valley












Links to more information about Swat
Valley
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1 Comments:

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi thank you for posting info about Swat. It is very painful to see the Swat vally which was so peaceful only a year ago and now all of a sudden this. Its hard to believe and sad.

Jamal

www.travel-culture.com

 

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