Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO) strongly condemns the recent attack on a passenger bus in Chillas, which occurred on December 2nd, 2023. This act of violence not only resulted in the tragic loss of innocent lives but has also had a profound impact on the tourism industry in the region.
The tourism industry is an integral part of economic growth and cultural exchange, and incidents such as these jeopardize its potential for progress. PATO expresses deep concern in press release over the toll that such attacks take on the livelihoods of those involved in the tourism sector, including tour guides and local businesses that rely on visitors.
In the face of adversity, it is crucial for communities, government authorities, and the general public to unite against terrorism. Safeguarding the safety and security of all citizens and tourists must be prioritized. By standing together, a strong message can be sent that violence will not deter the commitment to promoting peace, harmony, and the prosperity of the shared global community.
PATO sends its heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this tragic incident.