Kashmiris always facilitated Yatris: KHARA

Srinagar, June 21: Criticizing a recent statement by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA) said Kashmiri people have always welcomed pilgrims to Amarnath Shrine even during the most testing times.
 “Kashmiris are known world over for their hospitality. They welcome every tourist to Kashmir as their guests. Never ever has any tourist been harmed here? How can Union Home Minister say that Yatris are under threat? We condemn his statement. His statement could jeopardize tourism season,” said KHARA President Showkat Chowdhary.
 KHARA President said the Hindu pilgrimage to Amarnath Shrine has been going on for ages during which Kashmiri people have always helped pilgrims in their holy journey.
  “Kashmiri people organize medical camps and put up other facilities for yatris so they feel at home while performing their religious duty. We ensure protection of yatris and there is no need to issue such statements,” said Chowdhary.He said the pilgrims were even welcomed when Kashmir was boiling during the unrest of 2008 and 2010.
  “There was a complete disturbance in Kashmir in 2008 and 2010 but when there was a period of Amarnath Yatra, locals facilitated pilgrims,” said KHARA President.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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