“Some tourists, mostly foreigners, are seen in mini-skirts and other objectionable dresses that are against our
ethos and culture, and unacceptable to civil society,” the spokesman said, adding, “Kashmiris cannot, for the sake of their economy, give up their divine values at any cost.”
Around four lakh tourists have visited Kashmir so far and the government expects more than 13 lakh tourists this year—the mainstay of its economy.
The tourism department ignored the Jamiat statement. “We can’t instruct tourists to visit the Valley in a particular kind of dress. This won’t be taken well internationally,” said an official.
However, disagreeing with the official line, prominent separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani joined the Jamiat and asked the director of tourism to discourage foreign tourists from visiting the Valley, particularly from Israel.