Amarnath row: Leaders hopeful of solution
Political leaders in an all-party meeting on the Amarnath land row expressed optimism on finding a solution to the vexed problem as the BJP accused the Centre of playing politics on the issue.Updated: Aug 10, 2008 18:31 IST
Political leaders, who attended the all-party meeting in Srinagar on the Amarnath land row on Sunday expressed optimism on finding a solution to the vexed problem as the BJP accused the Centre of playing politics on the issue.
"The government is playing politics on the issue. If it wants, the resolution of the problem is very simple," BJP leader leader Arun Jaitley told reporters in Srinagar.
Emerging out of nearly three-hour-long meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, he, however, refused to elaborate what would be the possible solution.
"Whatever we have to say in this regard will be given in writing to the government," Jaitley said.
Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, who is also Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief, said the suggestions at the meeting had thrown up new opportunities for talks.
"Various suggestions have been put forth at the meeting. These will give fillip to the dialogue process," he said.
Asserting that there was no economic blockade of Kashmir, Soz said there had been some attacks on trucks carrying goods to and from the valley but such incidents would be curbed firmly.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said a solution could be found through dialogue, but the economic blockade of the valley must end.
"It is not that we (Kashmiris) do not want to give land or they (Jammuites) want to take the land .. We have to find a solution and that can be found through talks," Abdullah said.
He said economic blockade of the valley must end as it was creating a lot of problems for people.