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BJP opposed to opening of Muzaffarabad road route to Pak

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2008 22:28 IST
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BJP opposed to opening of Muzaffarabad road route to Pak

The BJP on Tuesday said it is opposed to any move by the government to open up the Muzaffarabad road route to Pakistan for trade "in the present circumstances."

"The party is in favour of normal relations and trade with Pakistan. But in the present circumstances any step by the government to open trade through Muzaffarabad would send wrong signals especially when the separatists are demanding the same," party spokesperson Ravi Shanker Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

Stressing that a solution to the problem was possible only through "dialogue", the party reiterated that there has been no economic blockade and the issue has been blown out of proportion by the separatist forces.

"The truck movement in and out of the valley is normal and there is no economic blockade. The separatist forces are trying to blow it out of proportion because they have been caught on the wrong foot on the land issue of Amarnath," Prasad said.

The separatists with the help of some politicians are trying to create a series of blockade while the reality is that daily 400-500 trucks are moving in and out of the valley, he added.

Meanwhile as per sources, BJP feels that the "government is relying on the issue to die down on its own after Yatra, which completes on August 17" and is not making "serious efforts to solve the issue."