Swat District

Area: 5337 km2
Population:  1,257,602 < est.1998
National Assembly Seats: 2
Provincial Assembly Seats:  7
Talluqas/ Subdivisions:

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Party Ranking:

PML-N

1

PTI

2

ANP

3

JI

4

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at (pronounced is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora.

It was a princely state in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until it was dissolved in 1969. The valley is almost entirely populated by ethnic Pashtun. The language spoken in the valley is Pashto/Pakhto.

In 1947 during the rule of Mian Gul Muhammad, Abdul Haq Jehanzeb, the son of Mian Abdul Wadood, the state acceded to Pakistan. The present prince, Muhammad Aurzngzeb Khan, son of Jahanzeb, married the daughter of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan in 1955.

The state was an exemplary state during British rule. The Gujjars were traditionally very poor people in the Swat Valley. They are gaining education and are holding good posts in government services. They also have a firm stand in politics of Pakistan.

Swat’s Malam Jabba ski resort is popular with foreign tourists and so are the Gandharan civilisation sites. Even though its capital is Saidu Sharif, the town of Mingora has been incessantly in the spotlight for the clashes between the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi and law-enforcers. Led by Maulana Fazlullah, the organisation took over a large swathe of Swat in 2010.

The religious sentiments of the population were clearly expressed by their electoral choices in 2002 elections, with the MMA clinching the two national and four provincial assembly seats.

 

National Assembly Constituencies:

NA- 29  Swat – i               Mingora Municipal Committee, Mingora Q.H, Barikkot Q.H, Kabal Q.H

NA- 30  Swat – ii             Matta Tehsil, Khawzakhela, Bahrain