saddening Death of a Couple Tourist in Hunza- Irresponsible Behavior of Govt. Servants

By: Sultan Abbas

The death of a recently wed couple from Islamabad, due to a gas suffocation at a local hotel, shocked the entire residents of Karimabad in central Hanza. The young couple had chosen to celebrate their wedding and spend their honeymoon amidst the ever welcoming, smiling and peaceful villagers of the historic town of Baltit, when all the tourists were away due to ferocious winter cold. The lady was an outstanding high achiever as she has recently passed the formidable css exam and landing her a prestigious job in the foreign office.

Reportedly, this AC has used bad language against hotel owners and so on but I believe signalling them for something they can’t be held accountable is not acceptable.

Her husband was also an accomplished young man with a degree in engineering and looking forward to a successful career in life. One can imagine the dreams, the hopes, the expectations, and the plans this young couple must have chalked out for themselves and their families yet the cruel twist of fate took their budding lives.

Being a traditionally welcoming and kind society the locals of Karimabad reached to the hotel where this couple had passed away and everyone there was absolutely sad at this unfortunate scene. Indeed this was an accident and a sad moment of life where none could do anything in front of God’s will so they prayed and sent the dead bodies for ritual of passage.

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This sad event took place a couple days ago and today we have this rather uncomfortable news that the assistant commissioner of Hunza visited local hotels and took swift action against hotel owners, as if they were somehow responsible for this disaster.

Reportedly he has sealed Hunza Embassy hotel for inadequate safety measures and fined others for their lack of necessary safeguards. While one would expect the government to be tough on scrupulous and greedy businessmen who don’t pay taxes, or don’t collaborate with the law enforcement on a number of municipal matters but the knee jerk reaction from authorities is inexplicable.

Reportedly, this AC has used bad language against hotel owners and so on but I believe penalising them for something they can’t be held accountable is not acceptable. It’s the government’s responsibility to provide electricity and uninterrupted gas supplies but are they fulfilling their part of the bargain. T

here’s a clear and resounding no! While authorities are sleeping on their part yet they are out to abuse power and punish the locals. A few weeks ago a similar incident of gas leakage claimed lives of two young people in Gulmit. Who could have been held responsible for this? Since this was in a private home hence it was seen as a terrible accident. The government therefore should look at these issues and find robust solutions rather than imposing fines and using high-handed approaches.

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Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan

By: Mehr Tarar

Aasia bibi is released. And Khadim Hussain Rizvi is arrested. This is the Pakistan I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. This is the Pakistan of which Imran Khan is the prime minister. The politician who was labelled a fundamentalist, Khan is walking the talk. He is doing what is right, the way forward, to be the change that he promised he would be, doing his best to make Pakistan the country that is not just prosperous and peaceful but also respects the law, is fair and does not practise appeasement of extremism.

The October 31 Supreme Court verdict to release the poor Christian woman Aasia bibi, a death sentence prisoner, based on a thorough legal review of her case, unleashed a reaction that was expected yet very ugly, with all the makings of a nation-wide anarchic situation if not controlled in time. The few-day protests that erupted in many areas of Pakistan were orchestrated on the call of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of the religious organisation Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

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Imran Khan posing for the camera: Imran Khan was born in Lahore on October 5, 1952. However, according to cricket official records, his birthday is listed as November 25. Imran Khan was born and raised in an affluent family. His father Ikramullah Khan Niazi was a civil engineer and his mother Shaukat Khanum was a housewife. Imran Khan has four sisters. The Khans have been settled in Mianwali in northwestern Punjab and his paternal family are of Pashtun ethnicity and belong to the Niazi tribe

In what was said to be governmental capitulation to an extremist group that threatened to hold Pakistan hostage if its demand to revoke the Aasia bibi verdict was not met, an agreement was signed between the government and Rizvi’s organisation. Protests ended but the threat of more protests loomed constant and ominous in the non-fulfilment of his demands related to Aasia bibi case: court review of the verdict and placement of Aasia bibi on the Exit Control List.

On November 23, after arrests of many members of TLP, the news of Rizvi’s arrest was made public. Pakistan, mostly, lauded the action of the Punjab police that took place on the order of the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. In Punjab, Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is in power, and Buzdar is the little-known, unassuming and low-key PTI politician suddenly catapulted into the most important position in the biggest province of Pakistan. Buzdar with the silent yet firm crackdown on TLP showed that actions speak louder than words.

a group of people standing on the side of a road: karachi© Provided by T.V. Today Network Limited karachiOn a day that was marked by the horrific tragedy of the killing of 32 plus people in a blast in the Orakzai district, and four people, including two police officials, in a terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, the news of Rizvi’s arrest came as a reminder that things despite being awful are changing in the Khan-governed Pakistan.

As the nation paid tributes to the people martyred in the two attacks, there was also the non-stop appreciation of the operation in Karachi led by the very courageous ASP Suhai Aziz Talpur of the Sindh police.

Much is to be done, much is being done. That is how a country facing a huge economic crisis and many other issues must be prepared to function — steadily, without stopping. Pakistan does not have any time to waste as every day is a new challenge, and each challenge must be dealt with in the best way possible.

As Pakistan mourns its martyrs and salutes its heroes, the realistic assessment of the what and why must never be lost focus of. A thorough investigation of the two terror attacks of varying intensity in two different parts of Pakistan is needed to prevent the same kind of destruction in future.

The number of acts of terrorism due to the collaborative efforts of government, army, law enforcement and intelligence agencies has been substantially reduced, and whereas it can be said that terrorism cannot be completely eliminated, no effort must be spared to fight it on all levels.

Prime Minister Khan tweeted: “I am absolutely clear both these attacks are part of a planned campaign to create unrest in the country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we will crush the terrorists, whatever it takes.”

Imran Khan

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I am absolutely clear both these attacks are part of a planned campaign to create unrest in the country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we will crush the terrorists, whatever it takes.

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Strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Chinese Consulate in Karachi & in Orakzai tribal area. My prayers go to the victims & their families. Salute the brave security/police personnel who gave their lives & denied success to terrorists in the mission ag Chinese Consulate.

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In the backdrop of a geopolitical history that is marked with much that is negative, Pakistan takes another positive step. Khan’s government is going ahead with India’s agreement to Pakistan’s offer to open the Kartarpur corridor for the easy passage of Sikh pilgrims for the 550th birth anniversary in 2019 of the Shri Guru Nanak Devji.

a group of people in front of a building: kartarpur© Provided by T.V. Today Network Limited kartarpurPakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on behalf of Khan’s government has extended an invitation to India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28. Minister Swaraj while RSVP’ing her regrets citing her earlier commitment on the day of the event accepted the invitation on India’s behalf. Mrs Harsimat Kaur Badal and former ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri will represent India.

Sushma Swaraj

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I thank HE Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Foreign Minister of Pakistan for inviting me to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor on the Pakistan side of the International boundary on 28 November 2018. /1

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Sushma Swaraj

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Since I am unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib on the scheduled date, Government of India will be represented by my esteemed colleagues Mrs.Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Mr.H.S.Puri. /2

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Sushma Swaraj

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We hope that the Government of Pakistan will expedite construction of the corridor in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible. /3

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After three months of his swearing-in, amidst relentless antagonism from political parties in opposition and biased media reportage, what is clear is the agenda of Imran Khan’s government: formation of a Pakistan that is future-focused, self-reliant, progressive, peaceful, corruption-free, and fair and good to its people. There are errors, there are bad decisions, there are some inefficient people on positions of importance, and there are some slips of tongue or careless utterances. What is also there: constant and strict course correction. The government is new, it is untested, it has five years to prove itself, and it has a new test every day. What makes it different beyond that: it is Imran Khan’s government.

a close up of a mans face: imran© Provided by T.V. Today Network Limited imranWhat makes Khan different from most previous rulers of Pakistan — civilian prime ministers and military dictators — is that despite appearing to be self-centred and a follower of me-myself-and-I school of thought, Khan is anything but that. At 66, in his first term as the prime minister of Pakistan that he owes his everything to, he is determined to make it into a country that he along with his 200 million compatriots would be proud to call their homeland.

Security of life, quality healthcare, solid education, effective law and order, a fair and impartial legal and judicial system that is for all, affordable housing for the underprivileged, employment opportunities, conducive environment for business, enhanced tourism, and mutually beneficial bilateral relations with countries in the region and outside is inclusive in Khan’s vision of a model social welfare state of 2018 based on the principles of the 7th century Medina. Some of Khan’s ideas might not be new; what is new is they will turn into reality with him as the prime minister.

There is no political dynasty that Khan has to protect or leave his chair for; there are no financial stakes in any business within and outside Pakistan; there is no unaccounted wealth spread around the world in palatial houses, unknown companies and untraceable accounts. What Khan is and what Khan has is all about Pakistan, and is in Pakistan. And that is what makes the flawed, human and very real Khan the one-of-a-kind leader. The kind of leader Pakistan needs today and tomorrow. The leader that is trusted by his own people, and is respected by people and leaders of other countries. The leader with whom the 92-year-old Malaysian First Lady has her adorable admiration moment; the very lovely Ma’am Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, accompanied by her husband Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was beaming as Khan shyly laughed and held her hand on her request.

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Mrs Mahathir, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, has a fan girl moment. Asks the visiting @ImranKhanPTI if he can hold her hand. PM gracefully says: Sure

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Why I believe in Khan to do the right thing is based on my idealism for humanity and Pakistan, and that is what I see in Prime Minister Khan. While I, as a stay-at-home writer, am not in a material position to do much for people, Khan as the prime minister of the country is, and that is what I see him doing every day. Moved by the photo of a poor man and his three children sleeping on a road, Khan instructed the building of shelters for the homeless and the needy. On November 24, he tweeted: “I have asked CM Punjab to set up tents for people sleeping on footpaths and provide them food until the Panah Gahs (shelters) are built, as the weather is turning increasingly cold. Peshawar and Karachi spots also being located.”

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Tents being setup in Lahore today as temporary Panah Gahs (shelters) for the homeless sleeping on the footpaths of the provincial capital.

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It may be trivial for many, for me it is huge. I don’t usually see this empathy, this concern, this humanity and this pain for the poor in the words, tweets and actions of many heads of state. He who notices the pain of one family sleeping on the road is my hero. And I’m happy and grateful that he is the prime minister of the Pakistan I love and call home.

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Deputy Commissioner Hunza, Coercive approach on the Visit of President of Pakistan

Ap Pakistan ko mantay ho ???

Today I received call from Village Organisation members that I should be there to welcome Mr. Arif Alvi president of Pakistan in Passu.
I reached there with other villagers and start waiting for him. Standing peacefully in a traditional way to welcome the guests with other villagers I noticed a guy coming towards me. He asked, You are Sakhi Asif, right? I said yes I am Sakhi Asif. He told me that DC Hunza is calling you. Well I went to the District Commissioner Hunza who was standing on the KKH road with some policemen. 


I said Jee DC sb, ap ny mujay bhulaya hai ?
He directly asked me a question which was really shocking to me.
Kiya ap Pakistan ko mantay ho ??
I said sir what sort of question is this ?
He said answer me -in a rude way – and I replied him with the same tune.
Did your Constitution accept Gilgit-Baltistan a part of Pakistan ? Ask our youth who are fighting for our beloved country in Pakistan Army and NLI. Ask the martyred of Kargil war where GBians sacrificed their life for this nation. Ask the same question to those who hoist Pakistani flag on the highest peak of the world. 

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DC replied that someone has told him that Comrade Sakhi is going to demand for the realize of comrade Babajan so he don’t want me to talk about the issue with respected President. He also said that they are arranging meeting with Comrade Babajan’s family tonight. And Ordered me to not talk about the issue. 


I said it is not only comrade Babajan’s issue it about all those political activists who are behind the bars just because they raised their voice against injustice from 70 years.
Today I realized that such behavior of Pakistani bureaucrats urge us to rethink about the Karachi Pact. I demand from the concerned authorities to rethink about their policies made for GB. 


We respect those who respect us.
DC is no one to check my nationality.

Chief Justice of Pakistan in Hunza

PML-N announces funeral arrangements for Kulsoom Nawaz

Spokesperson for the PML-N Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday evening announced that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral prayers will be offered on Friday, September 14, at the Sharif Medical City in Jati Umra.

Party sources in Lahore had earlier confirmed to the media that Begum Kulsoom would be laid to rest at the Jati Umra residence of the Sharif family.

Congregational prayers (Rasm-e-Qul) for the benefit of the deceased will be offered on September 16 (Sunday) from Asr (late afternoon) to Maghrib (sunset), Aurangzeb announced.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar had been released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail on parole in the early hours of Wednesday, hours after Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise in a London hospital.

They are currently at Jati Umra, awaiting the funeral. Three rooms inside the residence have been declared a sub-jail, DawnNewsTVreported.

Meanwhile, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has left for London to attend Begum Kulsoom’s funeral prayers at the Regent’s Park mosque. He will accompany Begum Kulsoom’s body back to Lahore.

Family sources told Dawn that Kulsoom’s sons would not accompany her body to Lahore, though her other daughter, Asma, and grandson, Zikriya Sharif, would go with the casket to Pakistan.

“A PIA flight carrying the body will arrive here on Friday morning and she is likely to be laid to rest the same day beside the grave of her father-in-law Mian Sharif at Jati Umra,” they said.

Diagnosed with throat cancer in August last year, Begum Kulsoom was still undergoing treatment when she suffered cardiac arrest on June 15 and was rushed to a private hospital in London where she had remained admitted since then.

According to family sources, her health deteriorated on Sunday night and she was placed on life support. She couldn’t be revived, however, and breathed her last on Tuesday.

See: A life-long regret for Nawaz, Maryam Source

PM IMRAN KHAN VISITS – ISI HEADQUARTERS

The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General ISI Naveed Mukhtar welcomed the premier. PM Imran offered prayers at ‘Yadgare Shauhada’, the ISPR added.

The country’s prime agency briefed the PM over the intelligence, national security matters, said the ISPR. Over all briefing to the prime minister and his federal ministers continued for 8 hours.

کولڈ ڈیزرٹ جیپ ریلی: مردوں کو پیچھے چھوڑتی خاتون- In Baltistan

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سرفرنگا جیپ ریلی: سلمٰی خان نے صحرا میں کئی مرد ڈرائیوروں کو پیچھے چھوڑ دیا

پاکستان میں خواتین کا گاڑی چلانا ایک عام سی بات ہے، لیکن دنیا کے بلند ترین صحراؤں میں سے ایک میں کئی جانے مانے، تجربہ کار ڈرائیورز کو پیچھے چھوڑ دینا یقیناً متاثر کن ہے۔

اسلام آباد کی رہائشی سلمٰی خان بھی ایسی ہی ڈرائیور ہیں، جنھوں نے سرفرنگا کے دشوار گزار صحرا میں جیپیں دوڑاتے کئی مرد ڈرائیورز کو مات دے دی۔

وہ سکردو سے تقریباً 20 کلومیٹر دور دنیا کے بلند ترین سرد صحراؤں میں سے ایک سرفرنگا میں منعقدہ جیپ ریلی میں شریک تھیں۔ خواتین کی کیٹیگری میں انھوں نے پہلی پوزیشن حاصل کی۔

اس جیپ ریلی کی تصویری جھلکیاں دیکھنے کے لیے یہاں کلک کریں

دنیا کے بلند ترین سرد صحرا میں جیپ ریلی

سکردو میں انوکھی صحرائی جیپ ریلی

سلمٰی خان کہتی ہیں کہ انھوں نے پہلی بار چیپ ریلی میں حصہ لیا، ‘یہاں آنے کے پیچھے ایک وجہ تو شوق ہے جبکہ دوسری وجہ مجبوری ہے کیونکہ میں سنگل ماں ہوں اور اب اپنے اس شوق کو ہی روزگار کا ذریعہ بنا رہی ہوں، لیکن اس کی تیسری بڑی وجہ اس طرح کی ریس میں پاکستانی خواتین کا شریک نہ ہونا بھی ہے۔ میں دیگر خواتین کے لیے تحریک بننا چاہتی ہوں۔‘

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سرد صحرا میں اس سے پہلے گذشتہ برس پہلی بار جیپ ریلی کا انعقاد کیا گیا تھا، جسے مقامی سطح پر خاصی پذیرائی ملی تھی۔ گلگت بلتستان کی حکومت نے گاڑیوں کی نیلامی سے متعلق نجی ادارے پاک وِیلز کے اشتراک سے اس ریلی کا انعقاد کیا۔

جیپ ریلی میں ملک بھر سے 90 سے زائد جیپ اور موٹر سائیکل ڈرائیوروں نے حصہ لیا۔ اس مقابلے کو نو زمروں میں تقسیم کیا گیا تھا جن میں ایک خواتین کی کیٹیگری تھی۔

ریلی میں صرف تین خواتین نے ہی حصہ لیا۔ مقابلے میں شریک ایک اور کھلاڑی طیبہ خان سے ہم نے خواتین کی اس قدر کم شرکت کی وجہ پوچھی تو ان کا کہنا تھا کہ ‘خواتین کی حوصلہ افزائی کی ضرورت ہے، اس کھیل میں اگر ان کی حوصلہ افزائی کی جائے تو یقیناً وہ شریک ہوں گی’۔

طیبہ نے اپنے شوہر سے جیپ چلانا سیکھی لیکن کسی صحرا میں گاڑی دوڑانے کا یہ ان کا پہلا تجربہ تھا۔ ‘یہ سب چیلنجنگ تھا، مگر میں نے گاڑی کو قابو میں رکھا، یہاں ٹیلوں پر گاڑی چلانا ایک مشکل مرحلہ تھا، مگر میں نے ہمت نہیں ہاری’۔

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صحرا میں ڈرائیونگ خاصا مشکل کام ہے، مقابلے کے شرکا کا کہنا تھا کہ بلندی کی وجہ سے گاڑیوں کی طاقت 30 سے 40 فیصد کم ہو جاتی ہے اور ریت میں گاڑی دھنسنے کا خطرہ بھی ہوتا ہے۔

مقابلے میں شریک جیپ میں دو مختلف کیٹیگریز میں سٹاک اور پری پیرڈ تھیں، سٹاک میں گاڑی میں کسی قسم کی تبدیلی نہیں کرائی جاتی تاہم پری پیئرڈ میں خاصی ‘موڈیفیکیشن’ کی گنجائش ہے۔

ملتان سے تعلق رکھنے والے کلیم خان کہتے ہیں کہ وہ پاکستان میں تمام ٹریکس پر گاڑی چلا چکے ہیں، لیکن سرفرنگا صحرا سب سے زیادہ مشکل ہے۔

‘یہ ٹریک اپنی ریت کی وجہ سے نہایت کٹھن ہے۔ اس لیے اس ’کولڈ ڈیزرٹ‘ میں سب سے بڑا چیلنج خود کولڈ ڈیزرٹ ہی ہے’۔ وہ کہتے ہیں کہ اس قدر بلندی پر آکسیجن کم ہوتی ہے جس کی وجہ سے گاڑی کی طاقت بھی کم ہو جاتی ہے۔

ایک اور کیٹیگری اے سٹاک میں جیتنے والے صاحبزادہ فواد زکوڑی کہتے ہیں کہ وہ موٹر سپورٹس کی تشہیر چاہتے ہیں، لیکن یہ سرد صحرا ایک چیلنج ضرور ثابت ہوا، ‘کئی جگہیں ایسی تھیں جہاں محتاط انداز میں نہ چلتے تو خاصا نقصان ہو سکتا تھا، سو میں نے خود کو بھی بچایا، گاڑی کو بھی اور سب سے کم وقت میں ریس بھی جیت لی’۔

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ریلی کے منتظم سنیل سرفراز منجھ نے بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ صحرا کی ریس میں گاڑی کا ‘ہائی ٹیک’ ہونا اہم ہے مگر ‘گاڑی چلانے والے کی مہارت زیادہ اہم ہے’۔

حکام کے مطابق جیپ ریلی کے انعقاد کا مقصد گلگت بلتستان میں سیاحت کا فروغ ہے۔

چیف سیکرٹری بابر حیات تارڑ نے بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ گذشتہ چند سالوں میں یہاں سیاحوں کی تعداد میں کئی گنا اضافہ ہوا ہے، جس کی ایک بڑی وجہ دیگر ممالک میں مختلف ثقافتی شوز اور اس قسم کی ریلیز اور کھیلوں کے مقابلے منعقد کرانا ہے۔

گلگت بلتستان، پاکستان کے شمال میں خوبصورت ترین علاقوں میں سے ایک ہے، جہاں ایڈونچر سے بھرپور سیاحت، قددرتی حسن اور خوبصورتی سے مزین مقامات کے علاوہ تاریخی مقامات بھی کثیر تعداد میں موجود ہیں۔

ایک محتاط اندازے کے مطابق یہاں 2017 میں دس لاکھ سے زائد ملکی اور غیر ملکی سیاح پہنچے۔ جس سے 30 کروڑ روپے کی آمدن ہوئی۔

سرد صحرا

سرفرنگا کے اس سرد صحرا میں جیپ ریلی میں شرکت کے لیے ملک بھر سے نہ صرف ڈرائیورز کی ایک بڑی تعداد یہاں پہنچی بلکہ سیاح بھی یہ ایونٹ دیکھنے یہاں آئے۔

اس ریلی سے سیاحوں کو تفریح کا موقع تو ملا ہی، لیکن اس ریلی کو گلگت بلتستان میں سیاحت سے جڑی معیشت کی ترقی کی جانب ایک اہم قدم قرار دیا جا رہا ہے۔ ریس دیکھنے کے لیے ہنزہ سے آئے رحمت بیگ مرزا نے بتایا کہ مقامی آبادی اس طرح کی سرگرمیوں کو نہایت مثبت انداز سے دیکھتی ہے۔

جیپ ریلی سے یہاں کے مقامی لوگوں کے لیے کاروبار کا موقع پیدا ہوا ہے۔ ‘اس وقت سکردو کے تمام ہوٹل سیاحوں سے بھر sourceگئے ہیں، جس سے مقامی لوگوں کو کمائی کا موقع ملا ہے’۔