JK News Today
Srinagar, December 10
Almost a week after the Hurriyat Conference extended a “ welcome” card to tourists from all over the world, including India, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with a renewed vigour declared “ Kashmir is the safest place for tourists.”
She invited the tourists to visit the place and enjoy their holidaying here.
Mehbooba Mufti was speaking at a function organized by the tourism department at Nishat here this morning. She said “ Kashmir is the safest destination as the tourists, particularly women, can roam without any fear even during nights.”
The Chief Minister who has been in the forefront of the revival of tourism in Kashmir after it was dealt a body blow by the violent protests following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander Burhan Wani early July this year. The tourism was at its peak at that time.
But the protestors gained control of the streets and separatists sponsored shutdowns made the tourists to flee the Valley and they are yet to return to the Valley where the shutdowns and protests persist though at a much lower scale.
Apparently enthused by the separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik’s joint call for the revival of tourism by seeking the tourists for the Valley, Chief Minister has raised her pitch further for tourists to visit the Valley. Separatists have assured “ safety and hospitality” to the tourists.
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