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*Preserving Khunjerav: A Call for Conservation and Responsible Tourism*

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From the foothills of childhood memories to the towering peaks of reality, Khunjerav National Park has been a sanctuary of serenity and wildlife preservation. For generations, we’ve been taught to honor its pristine beauty and protect its delicate ecosystem. Yet, recent developments have sparked concern and raised questions about our commitment to conservation.

The villagers of Khunjerav, custodians of this land, made sacrifices for wildlife preservation. They relinquished ancestral lands and pastures that sustained their livestock and warmed their homes through harsh winters. Their commitment to preserving nature’s balance is unparalleled, driven by a deep respect for our natural heritage.

However, it’s disheartening to witness the Special Communications Organization (SCO), a sub-organization under the Pakistan Army primarily involved in the communication sector, venture into hospitality within the park. The decision to open a restaurant within Khunjerav National Park goes against decades of conservation efforts and raises valid concerns about the park’s ecological integrity.

SCO’s presence has also impacted tourism in Hunza, where visitors have expressed dissatisfaction with high prices and subpar service at SCO-operated establishments. If left unchecked, this could lead Hunza down a path similar to the tourism challenges currently faced by Murree.

As we stand at this crossroads, it’s crucial to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation. Khunjerav National Park isn’t just a piece of land; it’s a living testament to our responsibility as stewards of nature. Its preservation ensures the survival of endangered species and protects biodiversity crucial to our ecosystem.

We call upon authorities to reconsider the decision to commercialize Khunjerav National Park. Instead, let’s promote eco-friendly tourism initiatives that respect the park’s ecological balance and benefit local communities.

Together, we can ensure that Khunjerav remains a beacon of natural beauty and biodiversity for future generations to cherish. Let’s preserve our natural heritage today, for a sustainable tomorrow.

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