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First convoy of displaced Hindus, Sikhs returns to Swat.

Byline: ANI

Islamabad, July 17 (ANI): After spending numerous arduous days in refugee camps, people belonging to Hindu and Sikh communities have started returning to their homes in the Swat Swat (swät), district of the Malakand division, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Saidu Sharif is the capital. The largely inaccessible region is reached by air and through mountain passes from the south and east.  Valley.

According to The Daily Times, the first convoy of refugees consisting of several Hindus and Sikhs, left for Swat from Hassanabdal on Thursday.

Addressing a ceremony at the Panja Sahib sa·hib  
Used formerly as a form of respectful address for a European man in colonial India.

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 Gurdwara gurdwara

Sikh place of worship. Each gurdwara houses a copy of the Adi Granth and serves as a meeting place for worship, including recitation, singing, and explication of scripture. A community kitchen and often a school are attached to the building.
 in Hassanabdal, Evacuee e·vac·u·ee  
A person evacuated from a dangerous area.

Noun 1. evacuee - a person who has been evacuated from a dangerous place
migrant, migrator - traveler who moves from one region or country to another

 Trust Property Board (ETBP) chairman Syed Asif Hashmi vowed to protect the rights of minorities.

"Today, I am very happy to see the Hindu and Sikh Pakistanis displaced by the operation in the Malakand Division returning to their homes," said Hashmi.

He added that all possible facilities would be provided to Sikh pilgrims in accordance with the President and the Prime Minister's instructions. (ANI)

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