National Conference Working President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday urged Central Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to actively strive for ensuring that all adverse travel advisories against Kashmir are withdrawn soon.
In a meeting with British Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Alexander Evans, who called on the NC President at his residence here, Dr Farooq said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has significantly improved over the years and time had come for change in the mindset of nature-lovers the world over so that the state blooms again with tourism-related activities.
Dr Farooq said lifting of adverse travel advisories would facilitate growth in tourism and create new jobs in the State.
"There is a crucial need to dismantle the myth of perpetual hostility and instability in Kashmir and encourage foreign tourists to visit the State. There has been a gradual increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the State in the recent years but a lot more needs to be done and for this the Central Government as well as the State Government should approach diplomatic missions and embassies to evolve a consensus," Dr Farooq said.
The British envoy, who is well versed with dynamics of J&K politics, having remained a research scholar in Kashmir and Jammu in early 1990's, elaborately discussed political evolution of the state, especially after the advent of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah at the center-stage.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh asked the British Deputy High Commissioner to review the travel advisories on J&K, as it would go a long way in ensuring the flow of foreign tourists to the state.
The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with the British Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Alexander Evans who called on the former here today. Dr Singh said tourism being the mainstay of the state economy, would get a big fillip if the advisories are lifted as more tourists from Europe and other continents would be coming to this part of country, which would result in increase of tourism inflow and tourist related activities.