Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is the North west frontier of Pakistan- Afghanistan area, it is a no mans land, in the British India this is never ruled by the british Raj
this is never ruled by the British raj , but was ruled by princes loyal to the British crown, called princely state, until now the status of the provinces are very autonomous, they can have sharia system on their own,
many believe that Bin Ladin, and mlaah omar are hiding in this area.
only recently that Pakistan forces are active in operation in this areaSwat (Pakhto: سوات) is a valley and an administrative district in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan located 160 km/100 miles from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora. It was a princely state (see Swat (princely state)) in the NWFP until it was dissolved in 1969. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty that used to be popular with tourists as "the Switzerland of Pakistan"..
In December 2008 most of the area was captured by the Taliban insurgency and it is now considered dangerous for tourism. The Islamist militant leader Maulana Fazlullah and his group Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi have banned education for girls and have bombed or torched "more than 170 schools ... along with other government-owned buildings." The Pakistani government in late May 2009 began a military offensive to regain control of the region