Swat History

MINGORA – WHERE CIVILIZATIONS MEET (PART 3/LAST PART)

Here boats can be seen sailing taking tourists across the river and jolting on the surface of water. At a short distance from the park new Sedar Chairs like those of lift chair, pulled by ropes are made which carry six persons at a time across the river.

These chairs are the easiest means of transport for the inhabitants of different villages. But in the summer season mostly visitors can be seen enjoying the scene of the river Swat through these chairs. The fare per person is nominal that is only four rupees. The opposite side of the river Swat is also a model of natural beauty when the cool breeze rising from the river Swat touches the body then a wave or tremor of joy and freshness felt in the body.

Fizagat is situated in the Labyrinth of such natural scenes and engulfed on four sides by three streams that is can become a unique and the most beautiful part not only in Pakistan but in the whole of Asia because it has a vast plain tract of land. This park is situated at the foot of hills and the nearest mountain is standing monolithic and high up against the blue sky. If chair lifts on the design of Malam Jabba are installed here its beauty will be enhanced much more. The atmosphere of the park becomes pleasant in the evening.

Majority of the population of Mingora consist of Yusufzai Pakhtoons who are very hard working, and are full with the love for their country. Majority of its people are highly educated, civilized, sensible, and are very hospitable and consider hospitality of their guests a duty. One of the biggest qualities of these people is that when a stranger asks them about a path, they accompany him to the destination.

Mingora (Swat) airport is situated at Kanju near Dherai from where airplanes make passengers flights and back to Peshawar and Islamabad. Sometime ago two flights were made to Chitral once a week but now this has been discontinued due to reasons unknown otherwise this flight was very beneficial for tourists coming to Swat. These tourists could go to Chitral very easily and come back. The authorities’ concerned should think over this flight and in this way the tourism in Swat and Chitral will be benefited.

Ayub Bridge comes before reaching Kanju while going to Swat airport which is made over the river Swat. The sights over and around the bridge provide a sense of freshness to the mind and heart. Streamlets have been taken from river Swat near Ayub Bridge to irrigate the fields due to which the scenery is enchanting and fragrant. The shady trees and the sheets of greenery scattered here and there give solace and satisfaction to the eyes. Sitting here the tourists can enjoy the sight of the river and its torrents.

There is a beautiful, interesting and historical museum known by the name of Swat Museum near But Kara in Mingora which is situated on Saidu road adjacent to District Courts. This museum is famous for its particular decoration and setting, heart enticing green lawns and precious relics and antiquities. Antiques from the Gandhara civilization and that of the Buddhist era have been placed in it. There is a grand Rest House attached to it for the guests and whosoever wants to stay can get permission from it director and other concerned authorities. Recently decoration work has been done in it with the help of the Government of Japan amounting to Rs.40 lakh which has enhanced the beauty and importance of the museum. A grand auditorium has also been made in it for providing information to the foreign as well as local people by the help of Projector supplied for the purpose. Lectures on related topics and functions can also be arranged in it. An ancient traditional Swati House has also been made in the museum. The work of this house is the embodiment of the traditional architectural design. In it all the necessary house hold things have been placed with decorum and being absorbed in it a person can think himself in the period thousands of years back. People interested in the ancient remains and in the precious things should visit the museum at But Kara.

To meet the educational requirements of the students of this area, there is a postgraduate Jahanzeb College. The late progressive minded ruler of Swat established it in 1952 which is famous for its unique architectural technology. The college building is designed after the English alphabet E which means education. The Government of Pakistan has announced in the past to change it into a University but until now nothing has been done so far. In the field of education there are many high and secondary schools in Mingora. For Technical Education there is a poly technic institute and a technical college. Apart from these there is Para Medical Institute from which the local and non-local students benefit.

Precious and costly minerals also found in Mingora, especially, its emerald are unmatched in the world. The emerald of Mingora is believed to be the most costly and precious all over the world. It is valuable for tis clean deep green colour. Some of the local people have earned name in its business. Big businessmen by emeralds from small businessmen and export them to foreign countries.

If the Government of Pakistan handover this mine to honest and efficient people, then not only great foreign exchange can be earned from it but it can benefit the local people as well. Apart from emerald the reserves of marble, white stone and China Clay are in great number in the surroundings of Mingora.

Mingora is an ancient trade centre and this position is established since centuries. People living in the surroundings of Mingora bring fruit and vegetable to the market in Mingora. Among them the herbs growing in the dangerous mountains of Swat like Morchillas, Mushrooms and other similar vegetables are very famous. In fruit apple, pears, walnuts, and persimmons are grown in great numbers.

In the main bazar of Mingora the local and foreign cloth articles of electronics, the glass embroidered waist coasts and shirts, beautiful Swati caps and the other hand made fine things are of great importance for tourists. Its Chapli Kabab are also very popular.

Fazal Rabbi Rahi is a prominent writer, poet and publisher from Swat. He has published numerous articles that cover different aspects of Swat valley. He has written seven books so far. His work is primarily on history, promotion of tourism and the recent insurgency in Swat. He is the owner of ‘Shoaib Sons Publishers & Book Sellers’ that has published more than 300 hundreds books so far in different languages. He is a renowned columnist and has been writing for different Newspapers. His Columns written during insurgency in Swat are worth reading and has great historical importance. He at present writes for Daily Azadi, Daily Jang (London), Humsub (Website) and Daily Nayi Baat.
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Fazal Rabbi Rahi is a prominent writer, poet and publisher from Swat. He has published numerous articles that cover different aspects of Swat valley. He has written seven books so far. His work is primarily on history, promotion of tourism and the recent insurgency in Swat. He is the owner of ‘Shoaib Sons Publishers & Book Sellers’ that has published more than 300 hundreds books so far in different languages. He is a renowned columnist and has been writing for different Newspapers. His Columns written during insurgency in Swat are worth reading and has great historical importance. He at present writes for Daily Azadi, Daily Jang (London), Humsub (Website) and Daily Nayi Baat.
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