SRINAGAR: Demanding lifting of travel advisories by some foreign countries against Kashmir, former Union Minister and president of the National Conference Farooq Abdullah today said the Centre should actively strive to ensure these advisories are withdrawn.
This demand was made by Dr Abdullah to British Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Alexander Evans who called on him at his Gupkar residence. Dr Abdullah said the situation in J&K has significantly improved over the years and time has come for change in the mindset of nature lovers the world over so that the State blooms again with tourism-related activities.
He said lifting of adverse travel advisories would facilitate a growth in tourism and also consequently 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 Adullah said.
The NC President discussed various social, political and economic interests with the visiting Deputy High Commissioner and highlighted the mutual benefits of better Indo-UK bilateral and trade relations in the recent times.
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