Another 60 ex-militants turn to peace
24 August, 2013
SWAT: As many as 60 ex-militants completed a three-month professional training course in different trades at the Mashal institute.
The graduates of the programme took an oath on the occasion to live peacefully after they had returned to their homes. The graduates further pledged to search for honourable and dignified jobs in their areas. The total number of ex-militants who have been rehabilitated at the Mashal institute reached 1,189. The institute had been set up by the Pakistan Army to provide training to captured ex-militants and facilitate their reintegration into society.
The individuals who completed their training were sent back to their homes to make a fresh start in life using their newly acquired skills. A special passing-out ceremony, with Malakand Commissioner Muhammad Afsar Khan as the chief guest, was held for the fresh graduates. High-ranking civil and military officials also attended the ceremony.
Special speeches, national songs, regional dances and skits on the importance of education were the highlights of the ceremony. The Malakand commissioner in his speech said that the entire nation was proud of the Pakistan Army for successfully eliminating militancy from the district.