PM, J&K CM urged to facilitate travel of pilgrims to temple in PaK

Jammu: An organisation of Kashmiri Pandits has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take steps to facilitate the travel of Hindu pilgrims to Sharda temple in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).

Sharda Peeth, once regarded as a major centre of learning, is an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village along the Neelam river near the Line of Control (LoC).

Sharda Peeth in Muzafarrabad of PaK is one of the most revered shrines of Hindus. The matter of cross-Line of Control (LoC) travel for the pilgrimage should be taken up with the Pakistan government, All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) chairman Vinod Pandit told reporters yesterday.

APMCC spokesperson King Bharati said Modi, Mufti, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and others had been apprised of the demand.

“BJP MLC Romesh Arora and 10 MLAs and MLCs recently met the J&K chief minister in this regard,” he said.

The prime minister had assured of taking up the matter with the Pakistan government after elections, he claimed. PTI

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