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Take up with Centre issue of Sharda temple pilgrimage in PoK:

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

An organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits today asked to take up with the Centre the issue of pilgrimage to the ancient Sharda temple in Pakistan-occupied (PoK).

Sharda Peeth, once regarded as a major centre of learning, is an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village along the Neelam river near the Line of Control (LoC).

The All (APMCC) renewed its appeal after a delegation of members of the Save Sharda Committee (SSC) and Mufti last week for facilitating the pilgrimage on permit basis through the in north

The APMCC had formed the SSC last year to press for re- opening of the pilgrimage and had gained support from various quarters.

"We hope that the will take up with Prime Minister Modi and Sushma Swaraj the issue of initiating a dialogue with the to ensure early re-opening of the for pilgrimage," APMCC C Bharati said.

He said the re-opening of cross-trade and travel in 2005 had rekindled hopes that Hindus would also get permission to pay obeisance at the but instead the kept the issue in cold storage.

Bharati said it was raised several times in the past and a delegation led by APMCC had even held a discussion with Modi in 2013 when he was the of

"He (PM) had assured that he would take up the matter with the after the election," he said.

Bharati said the are hopeful that the Centre would take up the matter with Pakistan, keeping in view the religious sentiments of the community.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 15:50 IST