Swat Summer Festival planned to promote tourism in Pakistan


SAIDU SHARIF, Swat Valley, Pakistan – All arrangements have been finalized for the four-day Swat Summer Festival starting from June 20, says the civilian and military administration in Pakistan, as reported by the Dispatch News Desk (DND).

Commissioner of the Malakand Division, Dr. Fakhar Alam, while addressing a press conference in Saidu Sharif, said the summer festival is being organized jointly by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, and the security forces will be held as planned. Officials of the security forces were also present on the occasion.

He said the event had been planned to promote tourism and income-generating activities in Swat. He added that due to rise of the water level in the River Swat, certain bridges and parts of Kalam-Mingora Road were affected, but the traffic on the road has been restored. The official added that a part of the Ayub Bridge will be restored within a few days. However, he said the commuters could use the alternate route through Shamozai and Barikot to reach upper Swat.

He said that 50 families were affected due to flooding in Utror village of Kalam and had been provided with food items. The commissioner said that water level in the River Swat increased due to the melting of snow in the mountains. However, he added that the flood in the river subsided as the weather had turned cool in the mountainous areas due to rain.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Colonel Zeeshan, termed the flood devastation reports as rumors, adding that no house or hotels were vacated on the army’s order. He said the bridge in Matta would be opened for traffic on June 18. He said they had also built a separate road inside Kalam to facilitate tourists.