Kids resolute despite schools ruined by floods in Swat, Pakistan (2)

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Ten private institutions were also destroyed by the militants, consequently forcing the much desired mushrooming network of education to wind up operations in the area.

Unlike the Holy Prophet Muhammad of faith Islam, who had emphasized on female literacy, the ultra orthodox oxymoron Taliban militants have banned the basic right to education for girls in their areas of influence in the troubled northwest of Pakistan.

On Dec. 24, 2008, Maulana Fazlullah, chief of the Swat chapter of disbanded Tehrik-Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM or Movement for the implementation of the order of Prophet Muhammad) ordered to close down all girls schools by Jan. 15, 2009, as he found female education against Islam in accordance with his own self- crafted deviant version of the faith. However, he softened his decision and allowed girls to attend schools for up to 4th grade under the looming threat of bombing schools that continues unchecked.

More than 120,000 girls were attending schools and colleges in 2006 in Swat valley where lives a population of about two million. However, the frequent threats that Fazalullah, infamous as "Mullah Radio" used to hurl through his illegal FM radio station, had dropped the registered female students to 40,000 by 2009. This graph further declined both due to militants scare and the destroyed school infrastructure, according to reports.

Despite all odds Zainab Sana who is in her 20s outshined the scare of insurgent militants by scoring top honors in high school examination in June this year.

"I worked hard and remain determined to complete my matriculation examination," she said in an earlier interview about her outstanding second position in the entire Swat valley despite that her school was destroyed in a bomb blast by Taliban militants two years ago.

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