Gilgit-Baltistan, which was previously called Federally Administrated Northern Areas (FANA), provides refuge to those tired of the humdrum of urban life and want to spend a few peaceful days away from the bustle of cities. The region, once the most visited area of Pakistan as far as tourists are concerned, is home to some of the tallest mountains in the world, including the indomitable K-2. Times were, when a number of expeditions were on visit to this area every year. But the wave of terrorism that destroyed rest of the Pakistan also deprived people of this region from their only source of sustenance, i.e. tourism. Most people, including the all-important foreign tourists, have now started believing that this region has become a hornets nest of terrorists involved in suicide attacks all over the country. This has had a very negative fall out on tourism in this region with lower turn out of tourists hitting the hoteling industry very hard in the whole Gilgit-Baltistan. But this impression is misplaced and exaggerated as these places are peaceful and their people totally against terrorism. Let me also mention by the way that some places here, like Hunza for instance, have the highest literacy rate in entire Pakistan. I feel it an important obligation to clear the doubts of people in general, and tourists in particular, so that this jinx is lifted from this region and our people can start earning their bread and butter through the one and only industry that we have. -ZALFIQAR HAIDER, Islamabad, April 6.