Pakistani pilgrims receive warm welcome in IHK
ISLAMABAD: A 12-member delegation of Pakistani pilgrims was given a warm welcome at Batote, Indian Held Kashmir, group leader Aalam said during an interview with The Greater Kashmir newspaper on Saturday.
He said he believed that people from both sides of Kashmir should be allowed to move freely across the Line of Control, adding that both India and Pakistan needed to take sincere steps to resolve the dispute over the state.
Human rights activist Abdul Qayoom Zarger said the pilgrim’s visit had become possible after the intervention of Nirmalla Despandey.
The chairman of Peace Foundation of the State, Fayaz Ahmed Batt, met the delegation and briefed them about the situation in Chenab Valley. He said that people-to-people contact would strengthen the current Indo-Pak dialogue process.
Local resident Saint Mehar Singh met the pilgrims and joined them in praying for long-lasting peace in the region. He then shared his childhood memories with the group and said that his last wish was to visit his birthplace in Tehsil Bagh village, Muzaffarabad. APP