'Jobless turn to Taliban'

Foreign media points out unemployment in Swat Valley

ISLAMABAD – A fresh foreign media report revealed that unemployment in the picturesque Swat Valley of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province could force many jobless people towards joining the Taliban.

Quoting business and union leaders without showing their names, the Al Jazeera television reported that the area was struggling to mend its economy after years of conflict in the valley. The government promises to revive industries like silk making with subsidies have failed to materialize, the report said.

Swat Valley, once known for its mesmerising natural beauty, has recently become the victim of militancy. As of now, the valley’s economy is dominated by agriculture. More than 75 per cent of the population has a rural background, directly dependent on farming. Out of the total population, the livelihood is dependent on direct farm or farm-related livelihoods.

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