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APMCC welcome’s CM’s taking up Sharda temple issue with PM

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Jammu, April 09: The All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) today hailed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for taking up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the long-pending demand to reopen the Sharda temple in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK).

Mufti today called on Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi and pleaded for working to reopen Sharda Peeth, an ancient seat of learning, and develop it like Nalanda and Takshila, an official spokesman said.

Mufti had yesterday assured a delegation of the APMCC, the organisation representing Kashmirs Pandits, that she would place before the Prime Minister their demand.

“We welcome Chief Minister Mufti for taking up the demand for reopening of Sharda Peeth, ancient place of learning in the name of Goddess Shard Devi in PoK with PM,” APMCC chairman Vinod Pandit said.

Pandit, who met Mufti at her residence yesterday, said the Government of India (GoI) should take up the issue with Pakistan for facilitating Hindus of J&K to visit the PaK shrine on permit system on the lines of Cross-LoC travel.

The APMCC had held protest demonstration, and Pandit held hunger strike twice for 10 and 15 days each in Jammu and Gujarat for reopening of the cross LoC temple.

Sharda Peeth, an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village, is situated along the Neel River in PaK near the Line of Control. It was a major centre of learning at par with the ancient seats of learning Noland and Taxilla.

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