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Taliban Violently Campaigns Against Girls' Education in Northwest Pakistan

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

SWAT DISTRICT, Pakistan -- The Swat valley, a picturesque region in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, was once a tourist destination. Two years ago, however, it became a Taliban haven when Maulana Fazlullah, a hardline cleric turned militant Taliban commander, launched a vicious campaign against the education of girls.

Unlike much of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the east, along the 1,400-mile border with Afghanistan, the Swat valley has historically been known for the relatively liberal values and traditions of its people, as well as its mesmerizing natural scenery. ...

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