Skiing is gaining popularity in Pakistan again a decade after the Taliban banned it as an “un-Islamic” activity.The Malam Jabba – the only public ski resort in Pakistan (pictured) – is in the Hindu Kush, 9,000 ft above sea level. Conditions are reported to be excellent, despite the uneven state of the slopes.After the Taliban seized the area tourists disappeared, fearing for their lives. The fanatics imposed a brutal Islamist regime there and executed anyone perceived to be a dissident, often hanging their bodies from lampposts.But, according to the Times of London, today a Chinese-built chair lift ferries tourists back up the mountain and a luxury hotel, replacing one razed by the Taliban, is being built, with cheaper hotels and hostels already open for business.Many are said to use wooden skis on the slopes. There are a small number of tourists from China and Japan. Although the army regained control of Swat after a long and brutal offensive in 2009, it has taken time for tourists to return.
Skiing Returns to Pakistan 10 Years After Taliban Banned it as an ‘Un-Islamic’ Activity