Labourers face long wait in cashing cheques
Despite local NGO’s efforts to provide paid labour to people needing work in Swat, payment in the form of cheques has created long waiting lines at local bank branches. Labour workers talk of their frustration as they wait in line, and express that they were under the impression they would be paid in cash.
Natural resources expert highlights NWFP potential
In this discussion, Sabaoon talks to a professor of Earth Sciences at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. He highlights the rich resources available in NWFP, especially Malakand. He says Pakistan’s future is bright as long as its natural resources and responsibly managed and protected.
High school students continue classes in destroyed school
Fourteen months after the Government High School in Qambar was destroyed during the conflict in Swat, the school principal continues to send requests to find some arrangements for its students. Yet classes still continue in open air or in tents, while enrolment has declined from 700 to 400.
Youth get a boost through internship program
The National Internship Program is now more accessible for youth in Swat. In an attempt to make the transition back to normal life easier for the militancy hit region, the government lowered its requirement to apply from an MA to a BA. So far, 350 candidates have been appointed, but that’s far from the target of 1000 for Swat.
Seeds and saplings start life again in Swat
The recent conflict left Swat’s lush orchards either completely destroyed or damaged, leaving farmers devastated. Hujra is providing peach and plum seedlings and saplings to farmers to help them rebuild their orchards and regain their livelihoods.