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  Misinformation in Pakistan reports 2005


Regarding the news appearing in another website title: Porter died on Spantik: We would like to clarify that the person died on Spantik Peak was working in the capacity of a cook from Hunza region age 26, he was insured as a cook not high altitude porter. Expedition member took him to camp II to help with the expedition high altitude work which was not his job at the first hand secondly he was not insured as high altitude porter. The family and friend took serious notice of expedition using it on high altitude without insurance or proper arrangement at first hand.

Regarding the news about Liaison officer asking huge cash in Skardu: We think this is also not true (but we will investigate this news too and inform you according), As per law all the matters regarding equipment and clothing of liaison officers must be settle before a briefing took place in Islamabad on arrival on the expedition in Pakistan. And Government officer ask the LO and the expedition leader before allowing them to travel to Skardu 24 hours from Islamabad either the LO is satisfied with kit and equipment expedition has brought for him or LO has got money from the expedition against the kit and equipment, until the LO did not say OK the expedition is not allowed to travel to Skardu. Any LO after the briefing in Islamabad cannot claim or ask for more money, or stop the expedition proceeding for the mountain. He may have right to ask for written from the leader of the disputed matters and at the time of de-briefing in Islamabad can bring this matter in the notice of Tourism officer.

However this is true that due to highest number (81) of mountaineering expedition to Pakistan this year mountaineering expedition were delay due to non clearance of expedition member on time, the matter is address by the concern authorities and full support has been given to mountaineering expedition by the government of Pakistan.

This is also true that porters are demanding extra money from trekkers and mountaineering expedition as local NGO is pushing for better rights to the porters, feeling their pressure the local government in Skardu suddenly in the middle of the tourists season raise the porters per stage price from 240 rupee to 300 rupee, porters equipment money from 200 to 400 rupee. In my experience this is all due to non coordination between the central government, the adventure tour operators, Alpine Club of Pakistan  and local government in Skardu. There is need that all the porters stages to K2, GI, GII or round trek to Gondogoro la must be announced once for all (about more the 70% of adventure tourism travel to this part). We would like to suggest that a permanent committee of Central Government, Local Government in Skardu, Local Porters Association, Alpine Club of Pakistan and Adventure Tour Operators of Pakistan must be formed to review the wages and porters stages matter on annual basis and advertise their finding or decision before a tourists season start in Pakistan. 

We also would like to request Government of Pakistan, please advertise or inform the new policy about mountaineering or trekking well before a tourists season start.

Source: Asghar Ali Porik

Managing Director

M/s Jasmine Tours

GPO Box 859, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Tel: 0092-51-5586823 Fax: 0092-51-5584566

email: info@jasminetours.com

web: www.jasminetours.com

 

 

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