16th December will always be remembered as the dark day in the history of world, not alone Pakistan, due to the terror attack on Army Public School in Peshawar which resulted in killing of 149 innocent people including 132 students.
The attack sparked widespread reactions in Pakistan and was condemned by people from all walks of life in Pakistani society. They called for a strong action against militants.
The Army Public School Peshawar was reopened under the guard of the Pakistani security forces. To raise the morale and spirit of the students and victims of the school, Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, himself attended the school’s morning meeting and confirmed to them that Pakistan will never again have incidents like this Backbone of the Taliban will break.
Due to this military crackdown, peace has vastly prevailed across Pakistan especially in the tourist sites in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The Cultural Heritage and Museum Visits in Pakistan report by Gallup Pakistan, a research organization of the Gallup International Association, suggests that tourism could be a potential enabler that could revive the country’s troubled economy.
According to the data presented in the report, which is available from Dawn, tourism in cultural sites has seen a massive increase since 2014. Tourism traffic to cultural sites rose from around 1.6 million visits in 2014 to 6.6 million visits in 2018, which corresponds to 317 percent increase over a period of five years.
Recently Pakistan was declared as the number 1 tourist destination for the year 2020 by an international website. Declared as an almost magical place for adventure travelers and intrepid hikers.
We strongly belief that the blood of those 149 martyrs not only brought peace but also reshaped the tourism industry of Pakistan. We as a nation owe a lot to these people and their families.