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December 15, 2016
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Mountain Day celebrated at Youth Hostel

Islamabad

December 15, 2016

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Islamabad

Around 20 per cent of the world tourism is all about mountaineering, hiking and mountain-related adventures and Pakistan being a home to highest peaks and mountains including the second highest mountain peak of the world, K2, can exploits its mountain treasures to attract as many guests and tourists as possible.

National Secretary of the Pakistan Youth Hostels Association (PYHA) and former ambassador Qazi Humayun said this while welcoming the guests at a ceremony organised by the Islamabad chapter of the PYHA to celebrate the International Mountain Day here.

A large number of mountain lovers, adventurers, youth representatives and students attended the ceremony. Qazi Humayun reminisced good old days of 1958-59 when as a college boy he happened to go on an excursion trip to Swat and to the mountainous regions of Chitral and Kafiristan. “It is a story of past but I can still remember those majestic mountains, streams, rocks and meadows as if it were yesterday and still cherish those memories,” said Mr Humayun. He also shared his days spent in Italy as a diplomat. There, he said he came across many Italian adventurers and mountaineers who were simply in love with Pakistan’s mountains. He urged the parents to take their children to such awe-inspiring places and seek fun and recreation there.

CDA Tourism Officer Sadia Sarwat drew the audience’s attention towards multiple benefits of mountains. They not only reduce the frequency and intensity of earthquakes they also boost fauna and flora and enhance forest cover. According to a study, over 720 million live over or in the mountains and a large portion of world tourism is based on mountain tourism. About Islamabad’s Margalla Hills she said these are God’s gift for the population of the federal capital and there are 5 to 7 tracks along these hills where people can climb to keep themselves fit and in good shape. Environment of the city also owes to these hills for its freshness and pollution free outlook, she said.

The participants also thanked acclaimed fiction writer Mazharul Islam for organizing and giving a creative touch to the event. Fareha Yusuf Students Adviser Beaconhouse School System also spoke on the occasion.

 

 

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