Peace will boost tourism in Swat, says army chief

Published: September 7, 2015
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COAS General Raheel Sharif at the festival in Swat on September 7, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

COAS General Raheel Sharif at the festival in Swat on September 7, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Monday the establishment of peace would attract tourists to Swat, once a war-torn valley in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

While addressing the Kalam festival, the army chief appreciated locals for supporting Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism, Radio Pakistan reported.

Sacrifices and commitment of the army, civil forces and the local people have eliminated terrorism from Malakand Division, General Raheel further said.

Read: ‘Enemy will have to pay unbearable price for short or prolonged war’

The military had launched an offensive against Taliban militants in Swat valley in 2009.

Earlier on Sunday, while addressing the Defence Day ceremony at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, General Raheel said Pakistan Army was capable of responding to an invasion by any external force. “If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale, it will have to pay an unbearable cost,” he said

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Reader Comments (3)

  • hope
    Sep 7, 2015 - 6:38PM

    This man is doing everything positive A to Z in Pakistan :) Thank You Sir :)Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 7, 2015 - 6:45PM

    General: You have broken the back bone of dharna walas you are great.Once they dreamt of becoming at the helm of affairs of this land and now their dreams are reduced to the post of small city Nazim.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K Tewari
    Sep 7, 2015 - 9:35PM

    Tourism and terrorism are antagonistic in nature , Breaking back bone is not enough but Klaam festival has potential to attract tourists . APJ Abdul klaam name is enough . Recommend

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