PDP president Mehbooba Mufti (File Pic)
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti (File Pic)

Get Sharda Peeth in PoK opened for Kashmiri Pandit: Mufti to PM Modi

ANI | Updated: Dec 01, 2018 19:33 IST

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Dec 1 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get Sharda Peeth pilgrimage in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) opened for Kashmiri Pandits and other devotees.
In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Mufti greeted him for opening Kartarpur corridor for the Sikh pilgrims and said that Sharda Peeth is a relic of Kashmir's glowing history and connects the people with their cultural and intellectual roots.
"For the Kashmiri Pandits, it is an important place of pilgrimage which was frequented by them till independence. Their urge to open it to pilgrimage has been projected ever since the reopening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road. Kartarpur has encouraged the Pandit community to see a possibility of the pilgrimage to Sharda Peeth in the same spirit and our belief is strengthened by the reported offer of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to allow it along with the pilgrimage to Katas Raj," Mufti stated in the letter.
On Friday, Mufti met the members of the Kashmiri Pandit community and held discussions on different issues, including on the Sharda Peeth. The ancient temple of Sharda and the adjacent ruins of Sharda University lie in the Neelam Valley, which is located about 160 km from Muzaffarabad. (ANI)