“If there was a paradise on Earth, it was the beautiful valley of Swat. It had heritage, history, and traditions based on love and peace,” says Abdurrahman Roghani, 58, an eminent Pashtun poet, writer, and social activist from Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
A resident of the town of Matta, Roghani was targeted by the Taliban for his romantic verses, progressive thoughts, and prominent role in the local community….
“You cannot subdue human souls by force. It is not possible to stop the ever-flowing stream of life forcefully. You can channel it with craft and wisdom but you cannot stop it by erecting walls in its way,” he says, referring to the acts of militants who banned all artistic expression and destroyed hundreds of shops selling music in the valley.
“[The] human heart can only be dominated by love and affection, not weapons and war.”