SWAT – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson, Malakand division, Col Arif Mehmood has said that media has played a vital role in highlighting the plight of people who became victims of terrorism during the last several years. Journalists of Swat played an important role in restoring peace at Swat and their courage was exemplary, he observed. He was addressing journalists during his visit to Swat Press Club on Monday. He said during the war against terrorism in the country in the recent years, media drew attention of the society, government authorities and donors towards the families who suffered life and property losses.

Col Arif mehmood lauded the role of Swat journalists for presenting reality before a common man during Talibanization and refusing to take any dictation from Taliban. He appreciated the hard working journalists who he said worked tirelessly for people’s right to know. He paid tribute to journalists who laid their lives the line of duty for a greater cause. He said martyred journalists who rendered sacrifices for a great cause of peace would never be forgotten.

On this occasion, Executive Committee Chairman Ghulam Farooq, Chairman Swat Press Club Ghafoor Khan Adil, President Swat Union of Journalists Shahzad Alam, and others presented a traditional shawl to Col Arif.

They expressed gratitude for GOC Swat Major Gen Ghulam Qamar for initiating development projects in Swat Press Club on behalf of Pakistan Army.

They were of the view that Col Arif Mehmood did a good job to connect people with army in a very appreciable way. Col Arif Mehmood said that he would never forget the love, which he has received from the people of Swat.

Lighting claims 1 life; 6 hurt

At least one person died and six others got injured due to lightning here at Gulkada, Swat on Monday.

According to details provided by hospital sources, seven persons in Sherai area of Gulkada district Swat were sitting at their home when lightning claimed life of a person among them.

They added that six persons got injured and went unconscious after the incident.

The injured persons have been admitted in the Saidu Teaching District Hospital for treatment, however their names were not ascertained till filing of this report.