Tour operators ask govt to ehance security


By Our Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Expressing concerns over the rising wave of terrorist incidents in the country, tour operators in Gilgit-Baltistan have called upon the government to take drastic measures to maintain peace in the region.
They said deteriorating law and order situation in the country had badly affected their business and the government should improve security measures. They expressed these views at a meeting of Baltistan Adventure Tour Operators Association presided over by Haji Mohammad Iqbal, member Northern Areas Assembly.
They demanded that the government should open Kargil-Baltistan route as tourists were hesitating to visit Gilgit-Baltistan via Pakistan. They said the government should take bold steps to ensure the arrival of foreign tourists in the region, as over 80 percent of local people depended on tourism for their livelihood.
They urged the media to refer to the area as Gilgit-Baltistan because when they write Northern Areas people abroad mix it up with the tribal areas of Pakistan and think that it is the hotbed of militancy and suffers from poor law and order situation.
They said the ministry of tourism should take the tour operators of Gilgit-Baltistan into confidence before taking any tourism-related decision.
The meeting was attended by Ghulam Ahmed, Mr Mehmood, Mohammad Afzal, Ayaz Ahmed Shigri and others.

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