KARGIL Buoyed by the opening of Kartarpur corridor across two parts of Punjab, people of landlocked Kargil district of Kashmir Tuesday began a mass movement to press for reopening of Kargil-Skardu corridor.
Kargil is divided from Skardu, both parts of erstwhile Baltistan region, by a military Line of Control with families split between Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the region.
The launch of the movement was announced by President of a religio-political body of Kargil, Anjuman-e-Jamiat-e-Ulema Isna Ashriya at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Lamenting at the lack of development of Ladakh region and Kargil in particular Anjuman president Shiekh Nazirul Mehdi said that there is no road connectivity to the region for most part of the year as treacherous Zo-jila pass that connects Kashmir Valley with Kargil is blocked by snow for nearly six months of the year. Moreover, he said there is no air connectivity with Kargil thus leaving entire population at the mercy of elements.
Demanding opening of all weather Kargil-Skardu road, closed since division of Kashmir resulting in the split of thousands of families, he said closure of this natural roadlink is a humanitarian issue which needs urgent attention.
There is zero security threat in this region yet demand being made for decades are not met while road links between India and Pakistani parts were thrown open in both Punjab, Jammu and Valley long ago”.
“Our people are deprived of meeting their kith and kin split by the LOC”, he said. Sheikh Nazir said, “Kargil remains cutoff for six months from the world and if this road is opened our eighty percent problems would be resolved.
He said that Government of India is not serious about the people of Kargil which he said is a matter of great concern.
Nazir appealed people of Kargil to join the proposed protest demonstrations on Friday and raise their voice for the opening Kargil Skardu road.
We have sent letters to all Friday prayer Imams across Ladakh right from Turtuk to Drass and appealed them to protest against government indifference towards this vital issue at their respective places, he revealed.
He asked governments of India and Pakistan that if Kartarpur corridor and other routes can be opened for trade and travel then why not Kargil Skardu road?
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