Me­hbooba writes to Modi on open­ing Sharda Peeth for Kash­miri Pan­dits to visit shrine

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - FAYAZ WANI @ Srinagar

WITH In­dia and Pak­istan open­ing the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor for Sikh pil­grims, PDP chief and for­mer J&K Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti on Satur­day wrote to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to seek open­ing of the Shardapeeth pil­grim­age site of Kash­miri Pan­dits across the Line of Con­trol (LoC).

“I heartily greet you on the open­ing of Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor with Pak­istan to fa­cil­i­tate the Sikh pil­grims visit to holy places in that coun­try. The open­ing of Kar­tarpur has pre­sented us with another win­dow of op­por­tu­nity,” Me­hbooba wrote to PM Modi.

Me­hbooba urged Modi to open the route to Shardapeeth shrine for Kash­miri Pan­dits. Shardapeeth tem­ple is one of the holi­est re­li­gious shrines of Kash­miri Pan­dits and lo­cated about 160 kilo­me­tres from Muzaf­farabad, cap­i­tal of PoK. “Shardapeeth in PoK is an out­stand­ing relic of Kash­mir’s glow­ing his­tory. The urge to open it to pil­grim­age has been pro­jected ever since the re­open­ing of Sri­nag ar-Muzaf farabad road,” she wrote.

Me­hbooba said Kar­tarpur open­ing has en­cour­aged the Pan­dit com­mu­nity to see a pos­si­bil­ity of the pil­grim­age to Shardapeeth in the same spirit as that of Sikhs.

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