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Thousands protest in Swat demanding security after school bus attack

Thousands of people, who were rallying alongside the family members of a van driver who was killed in Swat by an unknown attacker on Monday, ended their 40 hours long protest after successful dialogues with the administration on Tuesday.

The event of insurgency took place in the Gulibagh area of the Charbagh tehsil, Swat on Monday where an unidentified person, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on a school van leaving the driver killed while two students were injured, according to officials of Rescue 1122. The driver was identified as Hussain Ahmad, son of Inayatur Rahman, aged 32.

This latest attack o Monday was one of the many recent incidents of violence and terrorism that have gripped Swat valley lately, prompting locals to take to the streets against the ever-growing surge of insurgency.

According to the spokesperson for Swat Qaumi Jirga, Ahmed Shah, more than 15,000 people attended the sit-in which was staged by blocking the Mingora-Khwazakhela Road.

Deputy Commissioner of Swat, Junaid Khan visited the protest site early today along with other government officials and held discussions with the demonstrators.

“The deputy commissioner has promised a shuhada package for the heirs of the driver. He also said that the security of Swat will be beefed up and arrangements will be made to avoid such terror activities in the future.”Haider Ali, a resident of Gulibagh and a participant of the sit-in, told the media while informing that the protest was called off after the authorities vowed to arrest the culprits soon and took up custody of the children of the deceased.

Ali maintained that the inquiry of the attack will be shared with a five-member committee formed by the protesters.

Locals had accused the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan for the attack, but the organization denied responsibility. Till now, no other group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

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