TTP forces in Swat may now contend with Pakistani government forces there. The current situation, however, differs from that of the TTP’s earlier development in Swat in 2007–2008.
The residents of Swat are now more aware of the TTP’s methods of rule and are against all forms of militancy there, which mostly hurts civilians. The Swat district in northwest Pakistan, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or “Pakistani Taliban”) has now been identified in Dir, Bajaur, and Buner districts as well. The TTP were ejected from the region following a military assault in Swat in 2009, but they have since returned. The TTP first started operating in Swat in 2008 and pushed for the imposition of sharia law there, albeit they were initially nonviolent. The TTP, however, turned violent after establishing some momentum and started killing elders, other citizens, and government security personnel who were hostile to the group. The Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was shot by the TTP in 2012 in Swat, which is now referred to be the Switzerland of Asia, but the government has not acknowledged this fact. Therefore, the Taliban’s presence in Swat is not a recent development. The locals, though, are worried about the development because they think an insurrection could grow stronger.