Inseparable from discussion of the Nanga Parbat tragedy is the impact such a widely publicized attack will have on Pakistan's economy. After 9/11, the number of permits issues for climbs in the northern region plunged from 120 to 150 per year in the 1990s to fewer than 30, Tayyab Mir of Pakistan Tourism Development told The Associated Press. More recently, tourism was on the rise. A 2010 report by the Gilgit-Baltistan government estimated 150,000 tourists would visit in 2012, a 142% increase from 62,000 visitors in 2010. Just halfway through 2013, fifty teams have already applied for permits—each one representing thousands of dollars in revenue toward the local and national economies.
Goodman, McCormick and Ouellet's expedition alone expected to spend around $15,000 while travelling in Pakistan, not including flights on foreign airlines. Even alpine-style climbs in the Karakoram include trekking agency fees, wages for low-altitude porters and cooks and money for food, transportation and lodging.
"Forget tourism for another 10 years," Additional Inspector General of Police Sarmad Saeed Khan said, according to the International Business Times. "Hundreds of sectarian killings could not do the damage that the killing of 10 foreign tourists has done. Thousands of families will have to seek some alternate means of livelihood."
The Taliban have surely committed worse atrocities, but this one does jolt me for the seemng unfairness
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