Tourism Department, Kashmir has condoled the death of Tourist Guide Rouf Ahmad Dar, who lost his life while saving a tourist couple from drowning in Lidder river at Pahalgam.
According to an official spokesperson, Commissioner Secretary Tourism Rigzian Sampheal also expressed grief and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani said this is a very tragic incident and the department shares the grief with the family.
“We are saddened to hear about the tragic incident. I convey my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased at this time of grief,” he said.
President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad paid tributes to Rouf Ahmad Dar for his bravery.
Ashiq, in a statement, said that while the administration’s prompt response in recommending bravery award and financial support was highly appreciable, the KCCI would urge for providing the widow of Dar with a permanent government job. Ashiq announced that KCCI Relief Trust would also provide required assistance to the family.
In a joint condolence meeting with president ATOAK Rauf Tramboo in chair, the members of Adventure Tour Operators Association (ATOAK), Kashmir Rafting Operators Association (KROA) and J&K Ski and Mountaineering Association (JKSMA) paid rich tributes to Rouf Ahmad Dar, a guide and adventure tour operator of Yenner, Pahalgam.
A statement issued by the ATOAK stateed the members were shocked to learn the sad demise of their colleague and fellow rafting operator who in the line of service while saving the lives of tourist gave his own life thus setting the highest example of bravery, courage and human values.
In the time of grief and sorrow the members of ATOAK, KROA and JKSMA share the pain with the bereaved family of the deceased and prayed to Almighty for a highest place for him in Jannah. CCIK president Ghulam Mohiuddin Khan has also condoled the demise of brave heart Rouf Ahmad Dar. “Rouf sacrificed his life while upholding the age-old traditions of Kashmiris to take care of tourists. We saltute his valour and courage,” Khan said.