Pakistan. Residents of Swat stage protests and demand the removal of terrorists from the area


Residents of the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province took to the streets on Saturday and called for the removal of terrorists from the area, warning authorities of serious consequences if they did not act immediately. Since terrorist activity resumed in the valley in August, this was the sixth gathering of Swat residents, Dawn reported.

Angry protesters said they would challenge threats to peace in the region by shouting slogans against terrorists. Additionally, they also complained about the suspension of internet service in major parts of Swat and denounced the plight of students in the area due to the suspension of internet services.

“The people of Swat were peace-loving people and would never tolerate the resurgence of terrorist groups on their soil,” Dawn said quoting Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami party leader Sher Bahadar. In a separate statement, Swat Traders Federation Vice President Dr. Khalid Mehmood said Swat residents will not leave the area if terrorists carry out illegal activities and endanger the lives of Swat residents.

“When we [Swatis] say no to terrorism, everyone should understand that it is a no from all Pakhtuns,” he said. Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Pakistan has increasingly complained of attacks across the border from Afghanistan, an issue that has become a source of tension.

September saw 42 militant attacks with a 35% increase from August. The Pakistani think tank also observed a 106% increase in violence in former Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). “In September, militants carried out 42 attacks in which 40 people were killed, including 24 members of the security forces, and 77 people were injured, including 19 members of the security forces. declared the PICSS.

In August this year, the think tank said militants carried out 31 attacks across Pakistan, in which 37 people were killed and 55 others injured. Global security agencies say there is a strong threat of terrorism and sectarian violence across the country.

The main terrorist threat comes from the TTP, an umbrella organization of groups mainly based in the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Daesh is also active, according to several reports. (ANI)

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