Eid Mubarak, Swat!

Posted on September 23, 2009
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Adil Najam

Normalcy is slowly making its way back to Swat. I am not much of a fan of Pushto cinema, nor is watching the newest Pushto movie my idea of what Eid is; but I am a big fan of the idea that those who wish to see Pushto movies should be able to do so. That is called freedom. And that is why this picture and news item from Dawn makes me feel good this Eid.

MINGORA: Film shows and other forms of entertainment returned to Swat district on Monday, after about three years. On the first day of Eid a new Pashto film was released in two cinema halls which ran three daily shows. Authorities did not allow the late-night show because of curfew. Another cinema house is likely to reopen in a few days.

People queuing up to buy tickets for ‘Gul Soorey Soorey Kram’ had to undergo a thorough body search. On Tuesday, police had to use batons to disperse a large crowd which had gathered outside a cinema. Because of the disturbance the first two shows at the hall were cancelled. Entertainment business in Swat suffered huge losses over the past three years. The Taliban had forced dancers and musicians and owners of video and audio shops to either abandon their work or leave the district.

Early this year, they killed dancer Shabana and hung her body from a lamppost in a chowk. Now after the successful military operation, dancers are returning to their homes and most video shops have reopened. Shops dealing in garments and cosmetics for women are doing a roaring business. People offered Eid prayers in local mosques while the main congregation was held in Saidu Sharif for administration and army personnel under tight security.

11 responses to “Eid Mubarak, Swat!”

  1. Red-Scorpion says:

    Good news indeed !
    BTW why didn’t Taliban terrorists destroy cinema houses ?

  2. Sajjad Junaidi says:

    Very encouraging and good news, indeed.

  3. At last, something for their ears other than the terror and violence they have been going through.. I pray that peace returns to our lands

  4. ShahidnUSA says:

    I am happy for them too.

  5. farooq says:

    whether you bet or not but i bet the situation in swat has improved remarkably if we assess the last 03 years record .being the resident of malakand myself i know and feel the pain and miseries of its people .whether someone had been affected or not in any way but uncertainty has .i hope and pray that God may grant the people of swat the oppertunity to live in eternal peace and be the hosts for the tourists from around the globe.

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