Protesters booked for ‘chanting slogans against security forces’ in Swat
SWAT – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lodged an FIR against some of the participants of ‘peace protest’ who chanted slogans against the security forces.
Protesters took part in a peace rally in the Khwazakhela area of Swat valley – one of the major tourist attractions in the northwestern region.
Swat District Police Officer told a local publication that the FIR was lodged as some of the participants tried to defame the state institutions. He also warned of stern action if anyone defames the institutions of the country.
The development comes as locals stage a protest on Friday demanding an end to the presence of militants in the picturesque valley.
After Dir and Waziristan people have come out in Swat to protest against comeback of TTP in the scenic valley. Earliest this week, Taliban had detained three army and one police officers in Matta, who were released after negotiations with local elders pic.twitter.com/vL0Ewz6Z7B— Naimat Khan (@NKMalazai) August 12, 2022
There have been reports of spotting militants in Swat, however, the media wing of the Pakistan Army dismissed such reports.
“During the past few days, a misperception about the alleged presence of large number of proscribed organization TTP’s armed members in Swat Valley has been created on social media. After confirmation on the ground, these reports have been found as grossly exaggerated and misleading,” ISPR said.
The Military’s media wing acknowledged the presence of a small number of armed men on a few mountain tops between Swat and Dir, located far away from the population, saying these individuals sneaked in from Afghanistan to resettle in their native areas.
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