Srinagar, January 12: Over 2.5 lakh tourists and pilgrims visited Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years. This was said by state Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Friday.
Notably, while giving a reply to a question asked in JK Legislative Assembly, Minister Tassaduq Hussain Mufti said that as many as 2,64,12,467 tourists and pilgrims visited the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and the cave shrines of Amarnath and Mata Vaishnodevi in the last three years i.e from 2015 till November of 2017.
He said, while 92,03,690 tourists and pilgrims visited the state in 2015, as many as 93,34,600 arrived in 2016 and 78,72,377 in 2017 up to November-end. Of them, 2,15,46,404 pilgrims visited the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in last three years besides 8,23,842 pilgrims to Amarnath during the same period, the State Tourism Minister added.
Replying to another question in JK Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that 51 people were killed and over 9,000 injured, including over 6,000 due to pellets, during the eight months- long unrest in Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016.
The Chief Minister said 9,042 people were injured in the firing of bullets, pellets, Pava-shells and others during the period. Of these, 6,221 were injured due to pellets, 368 due to bullets, four due to Pava shells and 2,449 suffered other injuries, she added.
CM Mufti said, “As many as 782 suffered eye injuries of which 510 were hospitalized, she said, adding that 5,197 cases of pellet injuries were treated at district hospitals and the rest were referred to super specialty hospitals.” The highest number of deaths took place in Anantnag district followed by 13 in Kulgam district, 7 in Pulwama and 5 in Kupwara, CM Mufti concluded.