Taliban in Swat Valley



Swat valley has many lakes and ragged mountain ranges. Swat Valley was a popular tourist attraction before it became a battle zone. Now that the Taliban have been fighting in Swat, it had been called "The Valley of Death" according to a local newspaper.

What Happened: The Taliban invaded Swat Valley in two main battles. They fought for control of Swat district with the Pakistani police forces, and subjected the people of Swat Valley to harsh Taliban rule.

Short Whip

The Taliban formed their own system of justice, implementing harsh laws, and people who broke their laws were publicly whipped while the village watches silently.


When the Taliban took control of Swat Valley, they forced women to wear burqas, and segregating by gender even more. However,after a military operation in the summer, “the Taliban fled, and our burqas went with them,” said Shahin Begum, an elementary school teacher.

Urdu Writing

"Girls will not be allowed to attend schools,” said the Taliban second in command in the scenic Swat Valley. Girls have no right to education. More than 100 schools for girls have be bombed, depriving nearly 80,000 girls of their education.


The Taliban started issuing various prohibitions. They included the prohibition of computers, DVDs, videos, Bollywood movies and music, and frivolous activities, like kite-flying, were outlawed.

In other parts of the middle east, children were deprived of their childhood under a regime that took away their songs, their dolls, and their stuffed animals -- all banned by the Taliban.

This shows the division between the children of Swat Valley, whose childhood was stolen from them, and the Taliban, who live their lives under their own terms.

Pakistan Flag

Division between Pakistan government and Taliban:

Nearly all of the main battles in Swat Valley have been between the Taliban and the Pakistan police force

The Taliban have specifically targeted the Pakistan police force with death threats. Taliban forces have bombed and attacked the police station several times. As a result, nearly half of the police force resigned, fearing attacks on them and their families.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala grew up in the Swat district in Pakistan.

On 9 October 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder.

Malala survived the attack and went on to become a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.


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