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Swat

(swät), district of the Malakand division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North-West Frontier Province), Pakistan. Saidu Sharif is the capital. The largely inaccessible region is reached by air and through mountain passes from the south and east. Swat was famous for its beautiful forests and gardens and had a noted wood-carving industry, but its extensive deodar forests in the north have been drastically deforested. Agriculture is dominated by the growing of potatoes for export and of vegetables and fruits for urban markets. Tourism was a major industry prior to the rise of Islamic militants in the early 21st cent.

Archaeological evidence indicates that Swat's history dates back to at least the 3d cent. B.C. Long a stronghold of Buddhism, it has several Buddhist stupas. In 2007–8 there was fighting in Swat between Pakistani troops and Islamic militants. A peace agreement was signed with the militants in May, 2008, but fighting resumed two months later. In Feb., 2009, the government, which had failed to rout the militants, agreed to a cease-fire and the establishment of Islamic rule in the district. The situation deteriorated, however, following government operations in April against militants in nearby areas, and in May–July the government mounted a major offensive in Swat that largely reestablished government control. Swat was among those areas most severely devastated by the monsoon floods of 2010.

Swat

1. a former princely state of NW India: passed to Pakistan in 1947
2. a river in Pakistan, rising in the north and flowing south to the Kabul River north of Peshawar. Length: about 640 km (400 miles)
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She added that the festival was the first step to introduce agri-tourism in Swat.
At the cost of Rs80 million, Swat's Saidu Shari airport will be made operational while the development work will be completed within two months.
The meeting was further told that Swat Motorway would save the journey time of the people and the residents of Malakand and Swat will get easy access to Swat Motorway.
Data collection was mostly conducted in different parts of Swat including Mingora, Nawae Kalae, Charbagh, Kabal, Khwaza Khela, Saidu Shareef and Matta (see figure below, showing some areas of field work).
By connecting with Swat motorway and Chakdara Expressway to the CPEC, the economy of Swat can be improved.
"Malala has come back to Pakistan because of the peace that has returned to your area, tell me, do I lie when I say that we have brought peace back to Swat?
Swat has now a contorted image both internationally and among the urban elite of Pakistan.
accountancy business has acquired UK-based accountancy training and technical compliance support provider Swat Group Ltd., the group said.
Unfortunately Swat has lately been known for the Taliban insurgency.
I had heard of doctors being on SWAT teams so I thought I would try to get involved.
The photographers have captured Swat's beauty not only in the sense of its landscape only, but the way life is now blooming in it and the way people of Swat are celebrating return of calmer times in their lives.