by Yousuf Ali
GILGIT: The worst condition of road is the main reason for the dwindling tourism in the beautiful valleys of Northern Areas where tourist activities are almost invisible in the peak season.
There are certainly other reasons contributing to the worsening tourism activities in this most peaceful region. The other reasons include the unclear status of the areas, their name and the sectarian tension, which sometime result in clashes.
“The road right from Gilgit to Thakot in Battagram district presents its worst shape. It is due to the lousy road the 14-hour drive from Gilgit to Pindi can now be covered in 25 long hours,” said a driver.
An official of Northern Areas Transport Corporation (Natco), wishing not to be named told, The News that the road might pose threat to the integration of the country, as according to him the people of the Northern Areas had serious reservations over the backbreaking land route. More