BJP using Kashmir as scapegoat: Mehbooba on cross-LoC trade suspension

Srinagar

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday criticized the government of India’s decision to suspended the cross LoC trade, saying that “using Kashmir as a scapegoat to claw its way back to power won’t help BJP”.

“Using Kashmir as a scapegoat to claw its way back to power won’t help BJP.  It’s an excuse to worsen ties with Pak despite their peace overtures. By doing this PM Modi has dismantled a CBM Initiated by Vajpayee ji . Won’t be surprised if an attack on Pak is in the offing,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

Earlier Home Ministry ordered the suspension of cross-LoC trade via Salamabad (Uri) and Chakan-da-Bagh (Poonch) routes.

“The Govt of India has received reports that cross LoC trade routes being misused by Pakistan based elements. The misuse involves illegal inflows of weapons, narcotics & fake currency etc,” said the MHA, in an order.

The order said the cross-LoC trade mechanism is therefore suspended till a stricter regulatory regime is put in place.

“This is to ensure that only bonafide trade takes place, for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, through this mechanism,” reads the order issued by MHA.

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