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