A Hid­den Par­adise

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

For coun­tries like Afghanistan and Pak­istan that have in­ter­na­tional

rep­u­ta­tions for har­bor­ing ter­ror­ism, es­tab­lish­ing tourism can be an enor­mous feat. What is most de­press­ing is that such coun­tries are also host to beau­ti­ful land­scapes, moun­tain ranges, plateaus, unique tribes and rich cul­tures that could at­tract record tourists, if given the op­por­tu­nity. Afghanistan’s moun­tain­ous ter­rain is one such ex­am­ple. The Sec­ond Ski Chal­lenge drew in nu­mer­ous for­eign ski en­thu­si­asts as well as lo­cals who en­gaged in healthy com­pe­ti­tion and chal­lenges. Such events bring fund­ing and a pos­i­tive im­age for the host coun­try and Afghanistan needs that now more than ever. It is dis­ap­point­ing that such events can­not take place reg­u­larly and it is im­per­a­tive that the coun­try truly im­prove and es­tab­lish its se­cu­rity mech­a­nisms. This will not only ben­e­fit the com­mon man but will also draw in tourism which can pro­vide bil­lions to the gov­ern­ment. Be­ing able to show off a coun­try’s nat­u­ral beauty is a gift and one that not all are en­dowed with. It is un­for­tu­nate, that beau­ti­ful places in Afghanistan will only be wit­nessed by a select few. It would cer­tainly be ben­e­fi­cial if the Afghanistan and Pak­istan gov­ern­ments made a con­certed ef­fort and pledged to im­prove their se­cu­rity be­cause the im­pact of tourism could bring both coun­tries much needed rev­enue.

Huda Tau­reez Kabul, Afghanistan

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