SWAT: Having lost over 400 schools during the insurgency, the residents of Swat celebrated the opening of a cadet college on Monday.
This valuable investment in the field of education was long awaited as little had been done to rehabilitate the education sector following the heavy losses at the hands of the Taliban.
On the occasion, Major General Ashfaq Nadeem said, “Pak-Army restored peace in Swat Valley by eliminating extremists from this land and is taking measures to rehabilitate and reconstruct many schools. Plans for the reconstruction of other schools is also ongoing.”
Regarding the new cadet college, he advised young people of Swat to get proper education in these institutions, become good citizens and work with diligence to make the territory shine.
Locals were highly appreciative of the establishment of the cadet college. Iftikhar Khan, a resident of Ramorrai, told The Express Tribune, “Before the establishment of this college, a lot of our students would go to Cadet College Kohat, Abbotabad, Karachi or other parts of the country. We are very happy to have this college in Swat, which has brought an opportunity to get high standard education in our hometown.”
He thanked the army for bringing education here and said the college would help Swat play a role in the development of the country.
Fazal Khaliq, an official of Education Department, called it a unique gift for Swat Valley which would help children become good citizens.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2011.