Tourists flock to Pakistan occupied Kashmir in a rare boom

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    NEELUM VALLEY: Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in one Kashmir tourist spot as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence.
    Hundreds of thousands of local tourists drawn to the lakes and glaciers of the Neelum valley are injecting desperately needed money into one of the poorest parts of the country.

    Westerners stopped coming to the Himalayas of Pakistani-Kashmir years ago.
    But with a new road built by the Chinese after the 2005 earthquake killed 73,000 people and a ceasefire holding with India, locals are discovering the snow-capped peaks, glaciers, lakes and lush-green meadows of the Neelum valley.

    Known locally as “Paradise on Earth,” the valley is 114 kilometres east of the base camp where gunmen shot dead American, Chinese, Lithuanian, Slovakian and Ukranian climbers in June.
    It was the worst attack on foreigners in Pakistan for a decade, but in neighbouring Kashmir, few are worried.
    “There is a bit of fear there, but overall we are enjoying ourselves and we will stay according to our plan,” said Mohammad Amir, a lawyer on holiday with his family from southern Punjab.
    Munazza Tariq, a university student from Karachi, agrees.
    “This was carried out by enemies of Pakistan. After it happened, we received a lot of calls from our relatives from Karachi, but we are safe and enjoying ourselves,” said Munazza.
    Local tourism ministry official Shehla Waqar says 600,000 people visited Neelum last year compared to 130,000 in 2010, before the Chinese built a road linking the area to Muzaffarabad.
    “There is an influx of tourists in the area because we have a very beautiful road from Muzaffarabad to the Neelum Valley,” she said
    The nearby Line of Control slices apart the Indian and Pakistani-held zones of the Himalayan region where a ceasefire has held since November 2003.
    “This area is very peaceful and there is no fear of terrorism,” said Waqar.
    Taliban attacks in the northwest and the impact of crippling power cuts pushing people towards balmier climes is also driving visitor numbers higher, Waqar said.
    There are now 115 registered guest houses in the Neelum valley, local deputy commissioner Mohammad Farid told AFP, compared to none in 2010.
    The authorities say they have stepped up security after the climbers were killed in Gilgit-Baltistan, but because tourists in Kashmir are locals rather than foreign, they are not braced for a serious knock-on effect.
    “We have strict instructions that all government and private guest houses are to close their main gates at 10 pm,” Kashmir tourism minister Abdul Salam Butt told AFP.

    “No doubt this incident has damaged international tourism in Pakistan, but it won’t affect Kashmir because we host domestic tourists,” he added.
    Raja Zarat Khan, who owns a private guest house, said he was
    fully booked into the next week and he had no cancellations.
    “I’m having a great season,” he said.

    Mohammad Awais, 44, runs a restaurant, a string of guest houses and now also takes tour groups to the Neelum Valley.
    “This business has changed my life. Last year I did excellent trade because I gave tourists a lot of incentives: hiking, trekking, fishing, boating. The environment in Neelum Valley is very good. Once you enter the valley, no one wants to leave.”
    He also doesn’t expect the Gilgit shootings to have a major impact.

    “It hasn’t made a big difference – perhaps four to five per cent because the elite class, who come here, feel insecure, but no one has cancelled any bookings. People are still coming,” he said.

    The boom is welcome in a region where many men have traditionally left behind their families to work in Pakistan’s largest cities.
    Awais has hired cleaners, cooks, drivers and tourist guides: all men who would otherwise be unemployed.
    Suppliers have benefited. Villagers even sell their freshly grown cherries, apricots and plums to tourists.
    But others warn that more needs to be done to sustain the boom across the rest of Kashmir.
    “There are some beautiful places in our area, but there are no proper roads available and the tourists can’t go to these areas,” said Khawaja Abdul Samad, who is thinking about opening his own hotel.
     
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    Unbelievably beautiful. :pakistan:

    Kel and Arang Kel is the ultimate Beauty

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    Arang Kel :)

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    Beautiful Trek of Arrang Kel :)

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    Kel :pakistan: :smitten:
     
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    Neelum Valley indeed is beautiful but dangerous ...
    Heaven for jihadi infiltrators
     
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    u got the point. Its the jihadis who flocked the neelam valley
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    In india kashmir is the most unstable reason resulted in death of about 50k civilian or slightly more than the civilian killed in pakistan from the past 1 decade in the whole pakistan

    Funny kashmir is the most violence less and having highest literacy region in Pakistan


    Indian kashmir even though not even close to pakistani kashmir in scenic beauty but is rather most of plain ground but has a the GDP almost 20 times bigger than pakistani kashmir
     
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    Neelam valley is in AJK while nanga parbat in GB.your a confused soul
     
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    the article concluded this @farhan_9909
     
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    Any neighborhood of Pakistan - Baluchistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan have to be unstable and people there die due to Pakistan sponsored Jihad.....

    Pakistan itself is the most unstable and likely to explode any day...


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    Jhapatna, Palatna, Palat Kar Jhapatna
    Lahoo Garam Rakhne Ka Hai Ek Bahana

    To swoop, withdraw and swoop again
    Is only a pretext to keep up the heat of the blood.


    some more reason : The National Character of fighting -

    Qahhari-o-Ghaffari-o-Quddusi-o-Jabroot
    Ye Char Anasir Hon To Banta Hai Musalman

    To rout the foes, to grant them reprieve, do pious deeds and show great might:
    Are four ingredients that make A Muslim devout who shuns not fight.


    Larna Jaroori Hai Muslaman banane ke liye - that is what Iqbal said.

    Ha Ha Ha ....
     
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    both are occuupied indian terrority:p:p:p
     
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    well i agree with iqbal over this

    Christians and Muslims are best at violence.both of them had expanded so far only because of force..because they were best at violence.
     
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    India even today is ready to declare LOC as international border.

    I guess pakistan has created the mess for recapturing the whole of kashmir back
     
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    @Farhan

    But Hindus are very peaceful and India is a peaceful country with a peaceful civilization...

    That is why in spite of four wars Pakistan still survives......

    You agree or not..
     
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    @Farhan

    The womenfolk in the first picture look like Indians...

    They are without Burqa so they can not be Pakistani
     
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    Thankyou for not destroying us evil Pakistanis
     
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    they are not in sari's.how can they be indians?
     
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    :rofl: :wat: :rofl:
     
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    yes its ur own mess created by former ISI hamid gul
     
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    The pakistanis were given a chance but did make use of it properly, but now, "NO WAY, NOT EVEN AN INCH OF KASHMIR SHALL BE GIVEN TO THEM, COME WHAT SO EVER"......:mad::mad::mad:

    This time around it will be raining BRAHMOS and i would not be in the receiving end.......:scared2:
     
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    Well even if the missiles are mated with warheads and the targets are selected.wait is just for the push of red button to launch them

    In india there is no man capable of even pressing the push button?why?because cowardness is in your genes.yes there are few people like Nitish kumar or Zakir naik capable of pressing the push button or in short capable of launching the nukes

    for such an bold step you either need to have Pakistani,american,israely or german hired.just a single person only to press the launch button.

    because your genes doesnt allow you to be capable of launching nukes.nothing wrong with you.this is just the you people are only meant to be killed not to kill someone.
    as i said earlier you people are only meant to be made either slaved or killed(for more detail read about Dear Aurangzeb) behavior with the Indians.

    Raining brahmos is a distant dream for an indian to launch.i am 100% sure you are not even capable of killing a mosquito...

    beside this even if tomorrow pak agree to make LOC a international border.the indian govt will rush toward pakistan to solve the matter within few days.as they know it is pakistan who threaten our existance by tracking us back to pre neolithic age era.
     

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