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Despite Nanga Parbat tragedy, 25 foreigners land in Islamabad for tourist missions

Posted By: Asma Khan on June 27, 2013 | 13:21:57

ISLAMABAD: Despite the recent killing of 10 foreign trekkers in Gilgit-Baltistan, around 25 foreign tourists including mountaineers and trekkers arrived in Islamabad Thursday to carry out their tourism missions.

Gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces had killed 10 foreign tourists on June 23 in an unprecedented attack in the Himalayas of Gilgit-Baltistan. The gunmen stormed into a base camp, killing Chinese and Ukrainian climbers in an area of the far-flung north not previously associated with violence or militancy.

“The incident targeting foreign tourists is condemnable. But our spirit is high. We will continue our mission,” said one of the foreign tourists talking to media at the Chaklala airport.

The foreign tourists flew from Islamabad to Skardu to continue their activities in various parts of the mountainous region.
The foreign tourists came from different countries including Ireland and Canada.

Regardless of the deteriorating law and order situation, Pakistan continues to attract foreign tourists to the country. In 2012, around one million foreigners visited Pakistan.

Source: Express Tribune