New Delhi: Pakistan has given the green signal to the Sharda Peeth Corridor, ANI said on Monday, quoting the media of the neighbouring country.

The issue came to the fore ever since the Kartarpur Corridor was opened for pilgrims. Kashmiri Pandit groups have been demanding a similar arrangement for pilgrims to Sharda Peeth which is an important temple across the Line of Control. Mainstream political parties like People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have also given their support to this demand. (Also read: India Asks Pakistan to Allow For Visa-free Travel of 5,000 Pilgrims Daily)

The ancient temple of Sharda and the ruins of Sharada University lie in Neelam Valley, 160 km from Muzaffarabad, and right across the Line of Control in a small village, Shardi or Sardi.

Besides the temple, there are also ruins of one of India’s oldest universities there”.

Last year, over 200 Kashmiri Pandits took out a protest march in Anantnag demanding a passage on the lines of the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikhs be opened to facilitate devotees to visit the Sharda Devi temple in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The protesters held placards and raised slogans in support of reopening the passage to PoK. The All Party Migrant Coordination Committee has been demanding for opening of Sharda Peeth Corridor for over a decade now.