MINGORA Khyber Pakhtu-nkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar formally inaugurated a festival - Spirit of Swat - at Grassy Ground here on Saturday night. Addressing on the occasion, the governor said he loved the people of Swat, who valued their culture and traditions. He said Swat had been facing terrorism for the last over three years adding that peace returned to the valley owing to the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, police and the people. He said the people of Swat witnessed some ugly phases of its history and rendered great sacrifices for peace. Musical programmes and sports competitions would be held during the festival, which had been started with a car rally from Khairabad, Attock, to Saidu Sharif. The Spirit of Swat started with big fireworks followed by grand musical show. The show was attended by about 10,000 people including women and children of Mingora. Prominent singers Rahim Shah, Zeek Afridi, Zia ud Din Zia, Shan Khan, Qarar Band and others mesmerised the audience. A large number of people made the Grassy Ground jam-packed and they appreciated the security forces for making strict security arrangements. The purpose of the Spirit of Swat festival is to restore people confidence across the country and promote tourism in Swat. The festival would continue till July 24. JI calls Swat festival a call to Allahs wrath Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Ameer Prof Ibrahim said Sunday that the provincial government called the wrath of Allah by organising festivals like the 'Spirit of Swat, adding the fair was a gathering to promote obscenity. Addressing a public gathering on the occasion of 'Dars-e-Quran programme here, the JI stalwart said under the patronage of both the provincial government and the law enforcement agencies, Swat festival was nothing more than a gathering to propel the masses to obscenity and call upon the wrath of Allah. He said keeping in view the critical conditions through which the country was passing, it was the need of the hour that the teachings of Islam and repentance on bad doings should be adopted. He added that it was the only way to salvation. He said that helping orphans, widows and helpless people was obligatory to every Muslim. Meanwhile, former member of National Assembly and Convener Chitral Rights (an NGO) Abdul Akbar Khan Chitrali criticised the apathy on the part of the federal government regarding completion of Lowari Tunnel. He said by rounding up the work carried out by a Korean Company on the Tunnel was telling enough the real intentions of the government that they were not sincere to extend any facility to the poor people of the region. He announced to resort to media forum to voice the alleged apathy on the part of the government and to get the rights of the people by completion of the tunnel that was to link the people of Chitral with other parts of the country.