Open Kargil-Skardu route, road to Sharda temple: Soz to India, Pak

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Srinagar, Nov 30: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz on Friday urged both India and Pakistan to come to an agreement to open Kargil-Skardu route and the road to ancient Sharda temple to honour the aspirations of the people.
“I urge the Government of India and the Government of Pakistan to agree to the opening of Kargil-Skardu Road and the road to ancient Sharda Temple to honour the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and the people of Ladakh region,” Soz said in a statement issued here.
He said the people of Kargil district have had close relationship with Skardu. “In fact people of both areas happen to be having common culture, language and ethnicity,” he said.
“I have been taking up this matter with Center for a pretty long time. I have been, particularly, taking up the matter regarding opening of the road to the historic Sharda Temple located in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),” he said.
“I have a feeling of relief that Sultan Zainul Abideen, (Ruled Kashmir from 1420–1470) had crossed 11000 feet high Razdani Mountain on foot to reach the Sharda Temple and ensured its safety. It is deeds like this that made Sultan Zainul Abideen, the Bud-Shah,” he added.
Soz said the demand for opening this historic road has been voiced by people of Kargil for decades. “There is no apparent difficulty in opening this road,” he added.
Similarly, he said the demand of Kashmiri Pandit community for opening road to ancient Sharda Temple is very genuine and it would be a great gesture to respect the aspirations of the people to open this temple for devotees.