Joint resistance leadership welcomes tourists, Yatris in IOK

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (APP): The joint resistance leadership in
occupied Kashmir has said that from centuries Kashmiris have been
safeguarding and providing exemplary hospitality and safety to
tourists and yatris from world including India.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar while wholeheartedly welcoming the tourists and yatris who intend to visit the territory said.

“Our religion (Islam) and the Prophet (PBUH) have taught us
to be kind with our guests and serve them and safeguard their
rights at every cost. This is also embedded in our Kashmiri
culture and ethics.”

The leaders said, millions of tourists from the world including India have been visiting Kashmir from centuries and enjoying the beauty of this paradise on earth and also the unparalleled hospitality of its people.

They said history bears witness to the fact that the Kashmiris have always stood firm with these ethics and teachings and they have always respected, safeguarded and served their guests during hardest of times and worst calamites.

The joint leadership said that in 2008 when chauvinist forces in Jammu blocked life saving drugs and baby-food to the Kashmir Valley, the Kashmiris replied that tyranny with their exemplary hospitality to yatris and tourists who were in Kashmir that time.

“We not only safeguarded them and, provided them shelter but
also served them and kept the doors of our homes and localities
open for them,” the joint leadership said and added that same was
done during devastating floods of 2014.

Meanwhile, the Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK) in a
statement hailing the statement of joint resistance leadership
said that it would help them to dispel fear among intending
visitors.