Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday assured a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits that she would place before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday their long-pending demand to reopen the Sharda temple in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Ms. Mehbooba met the delegation, headed by All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) chairman Vinod Pandit, at her residence, the organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits said in a statement here. They raised with the chief minister their long-pending demands for reopening the Sharda temple in PoK and creating a welfare board for Kashmiri Pandits. The chief minister responded positively and assured to take up the matters with the prime minister tomorrow, the statement read. Sharda Peeth, an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village, is situated along the Neelam River in PoK near the Line of Control. It was a major centre of learning at par with the ancient seats of learning Nalanda and Taxila.
Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatists to mark the sixth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged on this day in 2013.Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads due to the shutdown called by the separatists, officials said.Separatists Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), consisting of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), called for a shutdown to press for their demand that Afzal Guru’s mortal remains be returned for burial in Kashmir.Authorities have placed Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and several other separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding any protest marches, the officials said. Security personnel have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places across the valley for maintaining law and order, they said.Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
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