Restriction on tourists entering Murree extended until January 17

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The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) has extended the restriction on tourists entering Murree until January 17.

NH&MP have decided to extend the ban after Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted another bout of heavy snowfall in the coming days.

The military’s media wing ISPR stated Sunday that all important routes in the Murree hill area have been restored for all sorts of transportation, including the Kuldana-Barian Road, adding that attempts to evacuate stranded tourists are also underway.

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“Army engineers are currently concentrating on road linkages after clearing important roads.” ISPR stated that relief camps and medical facilities are fully operational, and army transport is transferring trapped visitors to Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Furthermore, troops from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) are actively participating in ongoing rescue and relief operations in Murree.

More than 100 stranded visitors, including women and children, have been relocated to the PAF Bases Kalabagh and Lower Topa.

Tourists Shifted To Safer Places in Murree: NDMA

Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), announced earlier in the day that all affected visitors had been relocated to safer locations away from the disaster-stricken area of Murree.

Before the night, 371 visitors were relocated to temporary shelters put up by the Pakistan Army, according to the chairman of the NDMA.

The Pakistan Army, according to Lieutenant-General Akhtar Nawaz, collaborated with the civil authority in the relocation operation. He also stated that over 90% of Murree’s roads have been restored for traffic that had been halted owing to severe snowfall.

He stated that relief efforts are ongoing on Barian Road and the road leading to Abbottabad. He added that a Control Room has been setup at Murree under the supervision of Commissioner Rawalpindi to facilitate trapped tourists.

Lieutenant-General Akhtar Nawaz Satti stated that the current situation is extremely difficult, and that the NDMA is taking all necessary action to restore normalcy.

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