For the sake of TRPs news channels paint Kashmir black: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Nov 14 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday lashed out at some television news channels for bringing a bad name to the Kashmir Valley in their race for TRP ratings.

Speaking at an Asian Development Bank function in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said: “The role of these news channels has not been positive at all during the present unrest in the Valley. They get some guests from Pakistan and also some from our country, including Kashmir, on their TV shows and for 24 hours they exhibit anger.”

“It hurts to see what they say… Nobody talks about the local youth saving army soldiers from a truck that met an accident. Nobody shows how a shikarawallah gave his life saving tourists,” the Chief Minister said.

She added that the Kashmir Valley is such a show window that most tourists would love to come here simply to see the breathtaking beauty of the place.

“Ladakh has a population of just 1.25 lakh and this year there were two lakh visitors. Why can’t every home in the Valley have tourists as paying guests,” she said.

–IANS

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