Swat becomes heaven for robbers, bandits

By Haroon Siraj

Swat: Three cases were reported to police station about robberies in last 24 hours, in various parts of district Swat, including firing on XEN Building Shahab Khan in Saidu Sharif Area of Swat.

A wave of fer has been felt among the locality following fresh incidents of robberies and firing. Residents of Pakistan’s finest tourist attraction have demanded foolproof security from the concerned quarters.

As per detail , robbers looted three households within twenty-four hours in posh area of Afsar Abad Saidu Sharif. According to police sources the house of Asghar Khan, a resident of college colony was looted, where the robbers looted money, mobile phones and home accessories.

In another incident, thieves opened fire at the people and injured XEN building, a senior government officer of Swat Mr. Shahab Khan, who was also identified as brother of the Deputy Commissioner Swat, Mr. Junaid Khan. Later on the locals succeeded in apprehending the robber and handed him over to police.

According to sources, in another incident, dacoits tried to deprive a resident of Saidu Sharif identified as Shaukat Khan, of a bag full of cash. However foiled dacoity by throwing the the bag inside nearby house.

Known as Pakistan’s Switzerland for its green lush valleys, pleasant weather and hospitality, Swat is fast falling into the hands of robbers.

Travelling to country’s Northern areas, especially Malakand division is turning out a nightmare for the tourists these days as they are falling victims to the robbers each coming day. And the administration is found helpless to maintain law and order which may cause a heavy blow to ailing Tourism Industry there.

Last month, around 20 tourists were looted in Swat’s Scenic valley Madyan enroute Kalam Valley at gun point.

According to police the tourist’s van was stopped and looted on gunpoint at Terat area of Madyan valley by the robbers. Robbers deprived the tourists of smart phones, gold and cash worth million rupees and fled from the scene before the police arrived the scene.

An official told this scribe that, after the incident the police reached the spot and started an investigation, however, the robbers managed to escape.

It was third time tourist were looted at gunpoint in various parts of Malakand Division in less than a week.

On August 6, around 40 tourists were looted in separate incident at Thana bypass and Lower Dir.

Following the incident, the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had removed Deputy Commissioner Malakand and DPO Lower, due to failing in maintaining law and order situation in the region. However, robbers rule the entire division despite change of higher police officials.

A wave of fear and panic has been felt across the entire area. The locals have demanded from the authorities concerned, to take solid steps for maintaining law and order situation.

” Such incidents are threat to the tourism industry of the area and shows the incapability of police department. Sadly, the police has failed to ensure law and order,” Zahid Khan, President All Swat Hotels Association told Islamabad Telegraph.

He alleged that these incidents were part of the conspiracy, to damage tourism industry in the scenic valley of Swat.

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