India For Opening Of Kargil-Skardu Route

23 July 2009

New Delhi: India today sought opening of the Kargil-Skardu route between India and Pakistan for passenger traffic on humanitarian basis as well as to counter the 'virus' of extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. 'We have continued to press for opening the Kargil-Skardu route for passenger traffic and eventually as a full-fledged communication corridor', Shyam Saran, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a conference on 'Society, Culture and Politics in the Karakoram Himalayas.' 'This will not only serve a humanitarian purpose but also help counter the virus of extremism and militancy,' he said. The economic prospects of the Karakoram communities would brighten greatly if traditional trade routes could be re-opened, he said.