Kashmir Open, Safe For Tourists: Malik10 May 2011
Srinagar: Kashmiris are proud of their hospitality and humanness and have safe guarded this wealth of theirs in most difficult times of history JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said while talking to a group of tourists who met him today at his residence. This group of Indian tourists came straight from airport to seek consultation from Mohammad Yasin Malik to stay in Srinagar, a JKLF statement read. The delegation informed Malik about the disinformation campaign launched in various Indian states against the tourist industry of Kashmir. Delegation said that they had been warned by various people in India not to visit Kashmir as it was unsafe and inhospitable. “Yasin sahib while apprising the visitors about the facts appealed tourists not to heed lies and rumours that are being spread to scare them away from Kashmir. In fact, he stated that Kashmir has a rich tradition and culture of hospitality and that Kashmir is a perfectly safe and ideal place for travellers to enjoy their holidays, the statement said. JKLF chairman said that Kashmiris have always safe guarded their guests even at the cost of their lives. Malik said “We have never shown any weakness in this regard and even in difficult times we have proved our hospitality and humanness” . Referring to the blockade of Valley in 2008, Yasin Malik said that Kashmir was being blockaded by some communal elements in Jammu. Our young children were being deprived of baby food and life saving medicine but during that hard time too Kashmiris served meals to Amaranth Yatrees and tourists. We sheltered and fed them even when we were in distress. Yasin said that we Kashmiris are bound by their ethics and religion about the guests and we will never shun this righteous path. JKLF chairman expressed his dismay that in various cities of India a misinformation campaign is being spread that Kashmir is “unsafe” and that Kashmiris are “inhospitable” or do not welcome tourists. Malik said that over the years vested interests have developed that do not want tourism to flourish in the Kashmir Valley as it will divert tourists from other destinations that have come up and benefited in the past two decades. He said that various elements who are associated with the travel and tourism industry are deliberately scaring tourists with concocted stories and are defaming Kashmiris. Malik said that these vested interest groups especially from Himachal Pradesh and some parts of UP are engaged in this false propaganda against Kashmir. Malik said that Kashmiris are engaged in a peaceful struggle for freedom but our dispute is with the government not with the people of India. We can assure each and every guest of ours that we will do every thing to safeguard them . While welcoming the tourists from India and all over the world Malik said that our humanness and hospitality is all welcoming you and we are hopeful that our traditional hospitality and the everlasting beauty of Kashmir will give you lots of pleasure and happiness.