The joint leadership of separatists led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has invited tourists to Kashmir, saying “everyone from the world, including India, is most welcome in Kashmir”. The separatists said they would “warmly and wholeheartedly” welcome any tourist or pilgrim intending to visit Kashmir as they have been taught this by their religion.
“For centuries, Kashmiris have been safeguarding and providing exemplary hospitality and safety to tourists and yatris from the world, including India, as we have been taught hospitality, humanity and safeguarding the rights of guests by our great religion. This is also embedded in our Kashmiri culture and ethics, and that is why our hospitality has been exemplary throughout history,” the joint leadership of separatists said in a statement on Tuesday. “Tourists and yatris from the world, including India, who intend to visit Kashmir are most welcome.”
Referring to the protests of 2008 and floods of 2014, the separatist leaders said that the people of Kashmir had always “respected, safeguarded and served our guests during the hardest of times and worst calamities”.