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  • Iconic Buddha in Swat valley restored after nine years when Taliban defaced it

    The iconic seventh-century defaced Buddha at Jahan Abad, Swat, at last, got its face back after a nine-year-long wait following a scientific restoration process conducted by Italian archaeologists...

    The 7th century Buddha seated in a meditative posture which is considered one of the largest rock sculptures in South Asia was attacked in September 2007 by the Taliban, who blew up half the statue's face by drilling holes into the face...

  • New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

    A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the United States (US) starts on Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek a way out of America's longest war...

    According to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, the talks "will start in Doha today"...

  • Pakistan welcomes US offer to take on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

    WASHINGTON: Days before crucial talks with the US defence secretary, Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil, the Voice of America radio service reported on Wednesday...

    The official US news outlet also reported that Pakistan believed the US offer “augurs well” for regional counterterrorism cooperation...

  • Dar chairs Swat hospital board meeting

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Saturday asked the board of trustees of Swat Hospital Trust to immediately initiate registration of patients and their treatment at the Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital, Swat, without waiting for a formal inauguration...

    Chairing a meeting of board of trustees of the Swat Hospital Trust, Mr Dar also passed instructions to complete procedures for selection and posting of specialists...

  • Kidnapped Swat boy recovered after 16 days

    Swat district police officer Saleem Marwat told reporters that Abdul Mateen and Taj Bibi, both Afghan nationals, had kidnapped three-year-old Ayan Ali from outside his house in Saidu Sharif 16 days ago...

    After the child’s kidnapping, civil society members and youth activists in Swat staged protests to pressure the police for his recovery...

  • Terrorists thrown out of Swat for good: army chief

    MINGORA: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said that terrorists will not be allowed to return to the Swat valley from where they have been driven out by committed soldiers of the Pakistan Army...

    Addressing a large gathering of elders of Swat and tourists from across the country on the concluding day of the Swat tourism and trade festival at Kalam on Monday, the army chief praised the sacrifices rendered by the people of...

  • Use of high tech phones dents CD business in Swat

    But, today, nobody bothers to buy DVD or CD disk due to which we do not invest in this business,” he said, adding that only one DVD drama was released from Swat on this Eid...

    Firstly, during militancy from 2007 to 2009 the Taliban forcefully stopped people from selling films, while scores of shops were blown up by them...

  • Besides natural beauty, Swat has spiritual attraction too

    MINGORA: Every year scores of tourists from different parts of the country throng picturesque Swat valley, especially in summer season, to enjoy its natural beauty and take refuge from scorching heat...

    However, Swat is not only famous for its natural beauty rather it has also many other attractions for the visiting people...

  • Six-party alliance against PTI in Swat

    MINGORA: Six major political parties have formed a grand alliance in order to form local government in the Swat district...

    The allied parties are Pakistan Muslim League-N, Awami National Party, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F, Jamaat-i-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party and Pakistan People’s Party...

  • New discoveries increase importance of ancient site in Swat

    MINGORA: The archaeologists claimed to have made new discoveries at Bazira, known in Classic sources as one of the cities besieged by Alexander the Great, in Barikot Swat...

    Dr Luca Maria Olivieri, head of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan, told Dawn that the joint Pakistani-Italian team found some new startling evidence during its latest excavation that might amplify the importance of Bazira not only in Pakistan, but...

  • Over 40 scholars doing PhD on Swat

    MINGORA: More than 40 scholars are presently busy in research for their PhD theses on the art, culture, traditions and ancient civilisation of Swat, says Dr Mohammad Ashraf Khan, the director of Taxila Institute of Ancient Civilisations at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad...

    During visit to Swat Museum along with the archaeology and history students of the university on Sunday, he said that the oldest civilisation of Gandhara had...

  • Jahanzeb college students protest against Swat varsity

    MINGORA: Students of the Jahanzeb Postgraduate College, Saidu Sharif, staged rally on Saturday against the occupation of its IT block and girls hostel by the University of Swat (UoS)...

    The students started their march from the college and gathered in front of Swat Press Club...

  • 13-year-old Swat girl wins Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award

    KENTUCKY: Another young girl from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swat district – home of child activist Malala Yousufzai – has earned international recognition by being awarded the third Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for dedicating her life to ending the practice of child marriages in Pakistan...

    “The award reaffirms my conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, my country, Pakistan will be liberated from every...

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