ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban may be planning attacks on tourists in the country’s mountainous north, where 10 foreign climbers were massacred last year, officials warned yesterday. Thousands of tourists visit Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral each year, many drawn by the area’s impressive mountains and glaciers, including the world’s second highest peak K2.
Pakistan has seen a surge in militant attacks in recent weeks and officials are warning these may spread to the north as the spring tourist season gets under way.
“The interior ministry has officially informed Gilgit-Baltistan that the Pakistani Taliban can strike the region,” a senior official of the Gilgit-Baltistan administration said on condition of anonymity. AFP