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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | Shaheen Buneri | June 28, 2011

MINGORA, Pakistan — The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina’s sense of loss and uncertainty.
This mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District’s largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: “Where is your husband?”

Muhammad Ali, principal of the Khpal Kor Foundation, poses the question. The orphanage, supported by local philanthropists and organizations, has become a lifeline for hundreds of children orphaned or separated from their parents when the Pakistani government launched a massive military operation in Swat Valley in the spring of 2009.

The operation was intended to sweep militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Fazlullah from the scenic but restive region of northwest Pakistan. But as Ali notes, there were many innocent victims. (more…)

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By JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH Published: August 2, 2009

MINGORA, Pakistan — Schools have officially reopened. Soldiers stand guard at checkpoints and have established a semblance of order. Many thousands have returned here to a town that is mostly intact, if still under a military presence. (more…)

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02 Aug 2009 09:06:00 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Kamran Haider MINGORA, Pakistan, Aug 2 (Reuters) –

Pakistan re-opened schools over the weekend in the Swat valley where troops have been fighting Taliban guerrillas for over three months. (more…)

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By JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH

Published: July 27, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Even as hundreds of thousands of people stream back to the Swat Valley after months of fighting, one important group is conspicuously absent: the wealthy landowners who fled the Taliban in fear and are the economic pillar of the rural society. (more…)

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ASIA NEWS
JULY 27, 2009

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG in Peshawar, Pakistan, AND ZAHID HUSSAIN in Mingora, Pakistan

Taliban militants driven from the Swat Valley by Pakistan’s army in recent months are again infiltrating the region’s towns and villages, kidnapping and beheading perceived enemies and ambushing soldiers, as hundreds of thousands of refugees return home. (more…)

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13 Jul 2009 16:58:22 GMT

Source: UNHCR
Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone.
YAR HUSSAIN CAMP, Pakistan, July 13 (UNHCR) – For years, Mariam, a young mother of six from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, was obliged by tradition and custom to remain at home looking after her children and keeping house for her husband, Shaukat. (more…)

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By Lehaz Ali – 23 hours ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — Pakistani air strikes killed 19 suspected militants on Sunday, police and security officials said, in an ongoing bombardment aimed at shattering Taliban strongholds across the northwest. (more…)

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