Terrorism and Tourism
By Taaruf Abbas General Secretary KNM
Gilgit Baltistan is considered land of Paradise in the world.It have attractive places,lakes,mountains,
glaciers,peaks and cool and calm climate which attract millions of tourist due to its nature and beauty.The second highest peak K-2 ,Nanga parbat known as Killer Mountain,Raka Poshi,Ferimedow,Rama lake,Deosai lake,Domail lake ,Allah wali lake ,Attaaba lake,Khunjav top,Phunder lake,Sadapara Kachura lake and such type if other charming and unparalleled places Many tourist used to visits to enjoy,excursion from the natural beauty.
People of GB are inherited of rich culture of civilization respect ,hospitality ,peace,brotherhood and harmony. Their economy is dependable on tourism in Summer seasons.The per capital income of people increase due to hotel industry,Transportation Companies,handicrafts as well as other business activities like grocery,bakery,garments to General store level.The flow of liquidity increases. Tourism is a symbol of prosperity and development for the people of GB in summer season .Many poor people source of livelihood and survival is depends on tourism .
. . . . Unfortunately attacked and burning of Government fourteen school by unknown terrorist in Diamir and Darel create fear and harras among tourist as well local people.The Government has started operation against terrorist ,During operation one policman embraced martydom and two injured while cross firing one terrorist killed by police.Upto now this operation is continued .The terrorist attacked on a police choki in Karagah Nala of district of Gilgit three police soldiers martyerd by terrorist while two terrorist killed.The KKH road is closed for all types of traffic.
. From these brutal incidents of terrorism the security of GB is at risk.Tourists as well as people of GB feels insecure.So the flow of tourist rapidly stopped which effect negatively economy of poor people.
. . GB is a disputed region having ambiguous status for seventy years and located among four nuclear countries.The biggest project of 45 billions dollars between Pakistan and China is started from GB.
Gilgit Baltistan is gateway for China Pakistan Economic Corridor and having one lac electricity power generation resources.Minerals,forest,and natural resource are found in bulk form.So need to addressed the issues .International powers also have an eye views on this region for their benefits and opposed the emerging economy of China .
While Provincial and Federal Government introduced National Action Plan,Anti Terrorist Courts and schedule-4in GB.These laws are misused and used against peaceful political ,social,and human right activists rather to control terrorist and criminals .Chairman Mohammad and Ex Chairman Mumtaz Nagri Karakorum National Movement ,Shabbir Mayar,Aga Ali Rizvi,Eng Shabbir Hussain,Advocate Asif Naji,Ejaz Balti,Yawar Abbas Tahir ali Tahir of BNF, Yawar Abbas of Nagar ,Hasnain Ramal and many other political activist names put into schedule-4 and KNM Senior leader Iftikhar Hussain Karbalai ,Baba Jan and other political activist sentenced life imprisoned .These political activist never commit any crime of terrorism except to raised voice for the political ,economical ,
social rights and national identity of people of GB.
. . Actually these laws are need to utilized to monitor and control terrorist as a watchdog .Its also time to stopped these laws misused against peaceful activist and used against to terrorist to ensure security ,economy ,peace in GB.Eliminate terrorism with iron hand and restored Peace and comfort of GB people.Its also a question mark on law enforce agencies a little group of terrorist could not be eliminated .