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Kashmiri Pandits took out rally for Sharda Peeth corridor to PoK

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More than 200 Kashmiri Pandits took out a protest march in Sunday demanding that a passage on the lines of the for Sikhs be opened to facilitate devotees to visit the in Pakistan-occupied

The Kashmiri Pandits held placards and raised slogans in support of reopening the passage to PoK.

is an abandoned temple in Sharda village along the across LoC. It was a major centre of learning and is regarded as one of the 18 highly-revered temples in South

The protesters, under the banner of (APMCC), demanded that the corridor between in PoK and Teetwal in north be reopened on the lines of the

and last week laid the foundation stones of the Kartapur corridor on their respective sides. The construction of the corridor is expected to be complete in five months, facilitating the visit of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the 16th-century gurdwara in Kartarpur in

Sunny Raina, of Vessu Transit KP Colony, pressed for an early opening of a corridor to

Ranjan Jyotshi, of Mattan KP Colony, said, "We have been waiting anxiously from 70 years for its reopening. It is the matter of faith".

"The pandits of have an immense belief that whatever bloodshed or mayhem is in Kashmir nowadays is due to the neglect of their presiding deity Sharda Mata," he added.

The APMCC has been calling for reopening of passage for 10 years and they had twice sat on fasts in support of their demand.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 00:20 IST