Taliban sets sights on Pakistan's Swat Valley
Christians expected to flee their homes if government continues to concede control
The Taliban are back in power. This time, however, they're not in Afghanistan, but in a well-protected valley in Pakistan that was for a long time known as the "Switzerland of the Orient" because of its natural beauty. The Swat Valley, as it is known in Pakistan, was formerly one of the richest and best educated areas in the country, due to its tourist industry. That all changed when the Taliban set their sights on gaining control.
The christian in this valley are called heretics. The only church, there has been closed in 2007.
Up until January 9, the Taliban had been conducting gruesome executions for weeks and leaving the dead bodies, with amputated limbs and heads, hung up on trees or telephone poles. Every morning the shopkeepers who worked in Grain Square in Mingora would find four or five of these victims newly displayed with notes pinned on them providing their names and their crimes against Islam. Residents of Mingora now call the square Khooni Chowk (Bloody Square)...
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