Tourism Diaries: G-B govt eases restrictions on international tourists

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GILGIT: 

The Gilgit-Baltistan government has eased restrictions on foreign tourists in the region.

“Foreigners who have obtained a valid visa will now be allowed to visit G-B,” an official in the home department told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. “However, there are some restricted areas which they will not be permitted to go. These places include the 10-mile strip along the Line of Control and 30 miles along the International Border.”

The region has been deemed unsuitable for foreign tourists since June 23, 2013 when gunmen clad in paramilitary uniforms stormed the Nanga Parbat base camp and shot dead nine mountaineers along with their Pakistani guide.