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Three children killed as mortar shell explodes in Swat

SWAT: Three children were killed while two others sustained injuries in a mortar shell explosion in Swat’s Matta Tehsil on Wednesday, ARY News reported. As per details, the mortar exploded in the fields when the children belonging to the same family were playing there. As a result, three were killed and two sustained injuries, said the police. The deceased and the injured were moved to Matta's medical facility. However, the authorities collected evidence from the scene of the incident and launched an investigation into…

Woman killed for ‘honour’ in Swat

SWAT: A woman was shot dead in Swat by unidentified men in the name of ‘honour’, ARY News reported. According to details, the woman was travelling in a rickshaw when unknown assailants riding a motorbike arrived and sprayed the woman with bullets. She died on the spot. Terror gripped the locality after the attack and law enforcement personnel cordoned off the area to collect evidence of the murder. Police could only confirm that it was the case of 'honour killing', adding they were further investigating it. The…

Swat handed over to civil administration

SWAT: In a decade-long struggle for restoration of peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s troubled district of Swat, Pakistan Army on Monday transferred administrative authority to the civil administration at a special ceremony held here. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan and Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Bhut, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin and GOC Swat Major General Khalid Saeed attended the ceremony, reported the state-run wire service. During the function which was also…

PTI ruined KP, Peshawar metro bus is mega-corruption project: Shehbaz

MINGORA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has ruined Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is evident by the mega-corruption in the Peshawar metro bus project. Addressing a workers convention, the former Punjab chief minister said the Lahore metro bus project was worth Rs30 billion, while the cost of Peshawar metro bus project has swelled to Rs68 billion. Furthermore, he said the Peshawar High Court has also said that the Peshawar BRT project's contract was given to…

Taliban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha

MINGORA: The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the Pakistani valley. The holy figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely damaged by insurgents in an echo of the Afghan Taliban's complete destruction of its more imposing counterparts at Bamiyan in 2001. For some, it was a wanton act of vandalism that struck at the heart of the…

Zardari, Imran are brothers, says Maryam Nawaz

SWAT: Former prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Sunday said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and former president Asif Ali Zardari were brothers who had joined hands under a banner that did not represent the people of Pakistan. In a fiery speech at Kabal Ground in Swat, she also lashed out at the judiciary. Pointing towards the deposition of her father, she said that the decision taken for vengeance would not be accepted. “The institutions only pressurise us but they are not working out to…

‘I’ve never been so happy’: Nobel winner Malala in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says she has pined for her home in Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, even as she recalled two years living in fear under the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Visiting her homeland for the first time since a Taliban gunman shot her in the head over her blog advocating girls’ education, 20-year-old Yousafzai also contradicted Pakistani critics who accuse her of promoting an ideology at odds with the country’s Islamic values. “I am proud of my religion,…

Malala makes first trip to Pakistan since Taliban attack

ISLAMABAD: Nobel laureate and girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai arrived in Pakistan early Thursday morning to meet the prime minister and other officials, ARY News reported. It is her first visit since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for "advocating education for girls". Malala has returned Pakistan by a foreign airlines flight after her six-year stay abroad. Stringent security measures were taken at Benazir International Airport here on arrival of the Nobel peace laureate.…

11 security officials embrace martyrdom in Swat suicide attack

SWAT: At least 11 security officials embraced martyrdom while 13 others were injured in a suicide attack targeting a military camp in Sharifabad area of Swat’s Kabal Tehsil, ARY News reported on Saturday. “11 security officials embraced shahadat while 13 injured ,” Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor wrote on his Facebook account. The attacker targeted the army unit's sports area, according to DG ISPR. Security forces and police soon cordoned off the area and a search…

One killed, two injured in Swat blast

SWAT: At least one person was killed and two others sustained injuries when a remote-detonated bomb went off on Monday in the Ghat area of Swat’s Malam Jabba. The blast took place near the residence of a member of Village Defence Committee (VDC). According to police, VDC member Ahmed Zeb’s father has been killed in the explosion that apparently aimed to target the committee member. Two other people have also sustained injuries, whose identity could not be established immediately. Moreover, the injured were…