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NC leader calls for opening of routes to shrines in PoK

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Hailing the Corridor initiative, Sunday called for the opening of Hindu and shrines in occupied (PoK) to facilitate pilgrimages and normalise ties.

The of the National Conference (NC) sought the opening of and to facilitate Hindu pilgrimages and the Ali Baig Gurdwara on the Mirpur-Jhelum Link road in district for the devotees.

He also sought access to Khoi Ratta Bowli, a hot water spring in Kotli, which is a symbol of communal harmony as it is frequented by people from all faiths seeking a cure to

"Encouraged by the Indo-Pak initiative on Sahib, a hope has rekindled among the Hindus and Sikhs of to visit their most revered temples and Gurdwaras in the PoK," Rana said at a function here.

The opening of such shrines will ensure that increased interaction between people from both sides of the border, which in turn will normalise Indo-Pak ties, he said.

Rana further said the opening of various routes to was the key to building confidence among the people, who were keen to end hostilities and lead a peaceful life.

A thaw between the two countries is imperative for overall development and prosperity of the people of the sub-continent, especially those in Jammu and Kashmir, who benefit the most if Indo-Pak ties normalise, he added.

Rana said people on both sides of the Line of Control have a strong cultural bonding and the places of worship have played an important role in strengthening the ties.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 20:35 IST