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Ski resort razed by Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourism

( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-02-27 07:59:00

MALAM JABBA, PAKISTAN - Atop the piste of Malam Jabba in Pakistan's once dangerous Swat Valley, skiers schuss downhill, a new Chinese-built chairlift ferries tourists to the peak and a luxury hotel is under construction to replace one torched by the Taliban.

The Taliban declared skiing "un-Islamic" during their 2007-2009 reign of terror over Swat, but improved security in recent years has allowed ski tourism to re-emerge on Malam Jabba, a hill station in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

Locals tout Swat as "the Switzerland of Pakistan", with an international ski tournament held there in January.

Ski resort razed by Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourism

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