June 2004 News

We'll Not Harm Valley Tourists, Says Lashkar

14 June 2004
The Asian Age

Srinagar: The Lashkar-e-Tayyaba on Monday, assured domestic as well as foreign tourists that no harm would come to them in Kashmir. 'We have no intention whatsoever to cause harm to the tourism industry so that our brethren associated with the trade could improve their economic condition,' it said in a statement to a local news agency, CNS. But the outfit cautioned chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed against projecting the revival of tourism in the Valley as improvement in the ground situation or return of normalcy. 'He wants to project the growth of tourism as being an end to jihad but he should give up hoodwinking the world,' the Lashkar said. 'We assure the tourist traders that they may continue with their activity without any fear and advise the tourists to raise their voice against the atrocities being inflicted on the Kashmiri Muslims by the Indian troops,' it added. However, two other militants outfits, including the one that admitted responsibility for Saturday's Pahalgam attack, have disagreed.


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