Anantnag: Kashmiri Pandits, under the banner of All Party Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), on Sunday held a protest here in Anantnag demanding opening of the Sharda Peeth corridor to Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK).
Holding placards and banners, the members of the Pandit community assembled inside the premises of Dak Bungalow, here in Anantnag.
They raised slogans and reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of his promises made to the APMCC in 2014-while he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The APMCC members said that Modi had been the one to make APMCC Chairman, Vindo Pandita, break his hunger strike in Porbandar, Gujarat, in 2014.
“We had held a hunger strike and among other demands we were also demanding the re-opening of the corridor to our holy site, the Sharda Peeth on that side of the LoC,” Ranjan Zutshi, a member of the APMCC said.
He said that Modi had promised to get the corridor opened.
“He should deliver his promise now,” Zutshi said.
The demand for opening of the corridor has got louder after the Kartarpur corridor-leading to the resting place of Guru Nanak-was recently thrown open amid much fanfare.
The APMCC members said that it was high time that the Sharda Peeth corridor is thrown open as well.
“If the Kartarpiur corridor can be opened, why not the Sharda Peeth,” Sunny Raina, another member of the APMCC said.
The protesting Pandits said that the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has shown keenness in opening up of the historic route and it was time that the government of India reciprocate and take measures.
“The centre should now take steps and the Sharda Peeth should be opened up sooner than later,” Zutshi told media men.
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has also called for opening of the corridor soon after the Kartarpur corridor was thrown open.
She maintained that opening up of the Sharda Peeth corridor will be, “the best thing for the two nations.”