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Development of Kumrat Valley for tourism

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Terror attacks have deprived Pakistan the chance of rising to its true potential of earning revenues through tourism. Nature has gifted Pakistan with immense natural resources like vast sea beaches, lakes, mountains, valleys and plateaus, which can compete with any international scenic spot. The threat of terror attacks by miscreants have deterred tourists from visiting the resorts in Pakistan. Take the example of Malam Jabba, a hill station in the Hindu Kush mountain range nearly 40 km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley. It was developed as a ski resort equipped with modern facilities including roller/ice-skating rinks, chair lifts, skiing platforms, telephones and snow clearing equipment. Unfortunately, the resort was occupied by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who destroyed the hotel, the multi-million dollars’ ski equipment and hotels. After reinstituting the writ of the state, Malam Jabba’s lost glory is being restored and ski competitions are being organized while tourists are thronging in large numbers.

Similarly, Kumrat Valley, another natural resort in the Upper Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is a picturesque spot for travelers. Every summer thousands of tourists from different areas of the country visit Kumrat valley and enjoy the greenery and cool weather. Kumrat is covered with green pastures, snow clad mountains, the river Panjkora, foggy mounds, rolling plains and forests, which are........

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