Kashmiri leaders from various political parties have demanded opening of more travel and religious routes in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh as India and Pakistan decided to open the Kartarpur corridor through the Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

Mehbooba Mufti, who till recently was the chief minister with the BJP’s support, on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendera Modi asking for opening the Sharda Peeth route to facilitate the Kashmiri Pandit community to visit the shrine to pay obeisance to the deity.

Mehbooba tweeted, “Wrote to PM @narendramodi for opening of Sharda Peeth route for facilitating the Pandit community. I hope like Kartarpur, this too will be considered for better peace & prosperity in the region”.

“Kartarpur can be a new beginning of reconciliation between the two neighbours. We cannot change our borders but let us make them irrelevant by facilitating trade and encouraging people to people contact. This will usher in peace & progress for both India and Pakistan.”

Tanveer Sadiq of National Conference reacted to the corridor plans by tweeting: “Congratulations to India, Pakistan & people of Punjab for the #KartarpurCorridorOpening now please listen to the people of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh & have Kargil-Skardu, Turtuk-Khapulu,Titwal -Chilhan,Jammu-Sialkot, Chhamb-Jourian-Mirpur,Gurez-Astoor-Gilgit & Jhanger-Mirpur opened.”

Separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, after addressing the congregation at Srinagar’s Jama Masjid on Friday, tweeted: “Military approach to issues can never succeed, but human approach to them as witnessed in the opening of Kartarpur Corridor is the best way forward, appeal to Govt of India to stop the killing of Kashmiri youth & blinding them by pellets and show the maturity of a democracy they claim to be by engaging with Pakistan & Kashmir and resolving this long standing dispute in a peaceful manner. @narendramodi should positively respond to @ImranKhanPTI repeated offer of engagement so that both can be build trust and give peace a real chance.”

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, while welcoming the Kartarpur corridor, demanded replicating of Kartarpur type initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir where people were suffering for the past 70 years due to animosity between the two countries.