Islamabad – The picturesque ski resort in Malam Jabba is at the brink of shutting all its operations and closing to tourists again over security threats from local influentials and miscreants.
Some local miscreants of the area have been threatening the Resort management to close the tourist spot as they have been trying to encroach the resort land with the connivance of some influentials of the area and government officials.
“We have invested billions of rupees on operations and maintenance of this resort, but the local influentials and miscreants have been threatening us with dire consequences,” Pir Waris Shah, a General Manager at the resort, said.
The group has also written a letter to Swat Regional Police Officer and Deputy Commissioner seeking urgent police support to deal with the threats. The letter says that Samson’s Group of Companies have received information from credible sources that the Malam Jabba Ski Resort in Swat is going to be attacked by miscreants from the Malam Jabba area with an intent to take over the resort.
The Resort management has requested the police and local administration to provide adequate police support at the resort at the earliest possible in order to protect the Resort from the invasion of the miscreants in the best public interest.
The Resort remained closed during the peak season of tourism in early summer for two months, causing huge inconvenience to tourists. Some of the tourists said the closure of the resort was also against the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for the tourism boost in the country.
The management has appealed to the prime minister to look into the issue and help keep the resort operational for tourists.