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ISLAMABAD, May 30 -- Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated a three-day photographic exhibition titled "Swat Smiles Again" here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Saturday. Some 12 local photographers have put on display over 300 photographs to showcase the revival of life in war-ravaged area of Swat. The exhibition reminds the acts how security forces of the country backed by the people of Pakistan has brought back smiles on the faces of the people of Swat. It is also a tribute to the resilience of the people of Swat and their sacrifices that they offered in a tough fight against terrorism. Senior politicians, parliamentarians, and armed forces officials, including Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Maj Gen Athar Abbas, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, Raza Rabbani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Farah Naz Isphanai and other parliamentarians were present on the occasion.

The photographers have captured Swat's beauty not only in the sense of its landscape only, but the way life is now blooming in it and the way people of Swat are celebrating return of calmer times in their lives. Talking to Daily Times, the exhibition organisers said they believed the exhibition would be helpful in making people understand and appreciate the revival of Swat. "A great deal has been done to restore Swat to its former self but a lot needs to be done further and all of us can play a role in that," they said. The organisers said the exhibition would strengthen the nation's resolve to protect its identity as a modern, progressive and peaceful nation. Later, a four-member jury headed by renowned artist Jamal Shah declared the photographs by Irshad Elahi, Tanvir Shahzad, Rubina Shafique and Athar Hafeez as prize winners, as their exquisite photographic work highlighted the landscape beauty of Swat and socio-cultural life during the period of war and thereafter. Their works also highlights the role and contribution of law-enforcement agencies, district courts, police and armed forces in rehabilitation works and schools and markets of Swat during and after the war. The exhibition will remain open for the general public till May 31.

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:May 30, 2010
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