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Kashmiri Pandits support BJP's demand to ease visit of J-K Hindus to PoK

News Agencies | Updated on: 5 July 2017, 16:56 IST

Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations on 5 July came in support of the BJP's demand to facilitate the visit of the Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir to Sharda Peeth shrine in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) next month.

BJP national vice president and in-charge Jammu and Kashmir- Avinash Rai Khanna had yesterday written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the PM and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for an appropriate action to allow the Hindus of the state to visit the shrine.


The BJP had asked for modification in the conditions laid down for issuance of LOC permits so that these can be used for religious purposes too.

"We welcome the letters written by Khanna to the Prime Minister and theExternal Affairs Minister requesting them for an appropriate action toallow the Hindus of J&K, in particularly the KPs, to visit Sharda Peeth in the month of August", All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) Chairman Vinod Pandita said here.

All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC), Harmukh Gangbal Trust (HGT), All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference (AIKPC), All J&K Displaced Youth Forum also welcomed BJP's demand.

Sharda is about 150-kms from Muzaffarabadin PoK and is abreath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981 meters.

In Sharda, the ruins of an old Buddhist monastery and a fortare located.

It was also an important learning seat of Kashmiri Hindusand the old script of Kashmiri language Sharda has derived its namefrom the place having the historical background.


First published: 5 July 2017, 16:56 IST