PR No. 85 Islamabad

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagrra has said, the tourism sector is being judged a one of the major source of economic development across the world and even it is contributing a lead role towards economic uplift of the respective people in many countries.  In Pakistan too, he added, the tourism sector remained a visible contributor for earning foreign exchange in the past but the law and order oriented problems caused difficulties in this connection as well.

He said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a quality hotel at Naran in Kaghan Valley on Saturday.  Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and the Minority Cohesion,  Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and MNA, Mohtrama Tehmina Daultana were also present on this occasion besides a large number of entrepreneurs concerning to hostelling industry, tour operators and the local people.

The Governor while appreciating the promotion of quality hostelling facilities in the area said, it is the most important factor required to encourage and facilitate the tourists and through which they are enabled to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.  While referring to the law and order situation, the Governor said, with successful conduct of the Zarb Azb Operation, peace has been restored in the entire country especially in FATA and now the government is heading forward to materialise its development plans on vast scales – the tourism sector also bears no exception in this respect.  It is because of the untiring and relentless efforts and the immortal sacrifices rendered by the jawans and officers of Pak Army and the other security forces, the Governor said, we are having security and stability in the entire country which resulted influx of tourists to tourism resorts as well.

Indeed, the northern areas of our beloved country, Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagrra said, attract a large number of tourists every year and their further development will add more attractions to tourists and a big contribution to strengthening the national exchequer.  Definitely, he said, it will prove a big source of generating employment opportunities in future too.  “I am also aware of the establishment of Kaghan Development Authority and indeed this institution of vital importance for ensuring proper utilization of available potentials deserves to be fully functionalised”, he said.  In fact, the Governor said, the Naran Township being famous tourism resort carries great importance on many counts and Insha Allah with the passage of time, its importance will be further enhanced.

Talking on various points raised by the tour operators and the entrepreneurs, the Governor said, Pakistan is blessed by nature with vast fertile lands and the areas having tremendous potentials for tourism development and there exists every possibility for making value addition of each and every available potential enabling it to stand amongst the economically developed nations of the world.  He also assured them to contact the respective quarters and resolve their certain difficulties as well pin pointed on this occasion.