STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the Save Sharda Committee Kashmir (SSCK) demaned reopening of Sharda pilgrimage in PoK. “We fervently appeal PM to accord approval for annual Sharda pilgrimage as well. Our demand is pending for last 70 years and we are struggling on the issue vigorously for last 15 years,” said Ravinder Pandita, Founder SSCK. “A mechanism is already in place since 2007, wherein people from both sides of LoC can travel to other side to meet their relatives on LoC permit. Two routes Uri- Muzaffarabad and Poonch -Rawalkote is already catering to bus-service meant for J&K residents,” Pandita said. He, while welcoming today’s decision, stressed upon the need of reopening of Sharda Peeth in PoK. The Committee has got ‘Soil and Stones’ from PoK through Civil Society there, a photo of Goddess Sharda has also been installed in March 2017 and in January this year, the Supreme Court of PoK has also given a landmark judgement on preservation of Peeth to a petition filed by Save Sharda Committee Kashmir, he asserted. Save Sharda Committee Kashmir, a group working for reopening of Sharda pilgrimage, sees reopening of Sharda Peeth as a CBM between the two countries, that has not taken place since partition. Pandita stressed upon the need of setting-up of Sharda University in J&K and facilitating J&K Hindus for annual pilgrimage on lines of Sikhs undertaking Nankana Sahib Yatra in Lahore (Pakistan) every year. The Committee urged the Central Government to immediately take up the issue with the Government of Pakistan, so that Kashmiris on both sides of LoC, are allowed to undertake pilgrimage to boost heritage and religious tourism.
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