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Sixth Edition

A Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

Oct 2002

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United States of America

 

"… [The US] is wholly conscious of the need to continue to pressure Gen. Musharraf to desist from recourse to incursions across the LoC and violence, especially during the elections in J&K."

- George W. Bush, US President, New York, September 12, 2002.


"I reaffirmed to the minister [Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha]… we spoke to the Pakistanis about not interfering in any way with these elections… We have reaffirmed to the minister we would continue to press the Pakistani Government to do everything possible to stop cross-border infiltration, and to remind them of the commitment they have made not only to the United States but to the international community that they do not support such activity and would work actively to stop it."

- Colin Powell, Secretary of State, Washington, September 9, 2002.


"Kashmiris, Pakistanis and Indians must do their part to ensure that the upcoming elections can be held in safety without interference from those who would like to spoil them… recent attacks on officials and political party activists in Kashmir cannot be to derail the elections."

- Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Washington, September 6, 2002.


"The US feels that free and fair election in the Valley would be an expression of the will of people and may help a movement forward. It has to be seen whether it gets broader participation… "Our concern is (that) the election are free of violence."

- Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State, Washington, September 4, 2002.


"We see an opportunity in the elections. It can be part of the larger process to establish peace…We don't have a magical solution. We urged them [All Parties Hurriyat Conference] to see an opportunity in these elections."

- Lisa Curtis, Senior Asian affairs advisor to the George Bush administration, Srinagar, August 26, 2002.


"I will be speaking to the Pakistani side to make every effort to avoid disturbing these elections… If you have enough outsiders to watch the election process this would benefit the Indian Government… Elections (in Jammu and Kashmir) alone, however, cannot resolve the problems between India and Pakistan or erase the scars of so many years of strife."

- Colin Powell, Secretary of State, New Delhi, July 28, 2002.

 

Terrorist Groups

 

"We are responsible for the blast [Shaleel village near Kupwara] outside the polling station as we do not believe in these elections."

- Sheikh Jabbar, Spokesperson, Lashkar-e-Jabbar, September 16, 2002.


"The boycott is a referendum against India. Now the international community and the world powers must accept the Kashmiris' decision and exert pressure on India to accede to their basic right… The leadership of the Mujahideen is with the people of Kashmir and will accelerate the resistance movement against the occupation forces."

- Syed Salahuddin, chief, Muttahida Jehad Council, Muzaffarabad, September 16, 2002.


"(Following the killing of Law Minister Mustaq Ahmed Lone) …We will continue such attacks on all who are participating in the polls."

- Lashkar-e-Toiba spokesperson, September 11, 2002.


"We not only stand by our announcement to disrupt the mock polls, but we are vigorously implementing it… We have killed around 25 activists, including candidates, of the National Conference (the ruling party in occupied Kashmir) in the past three months. All of them were active in electioneering… These people want to keep up and strengthen India's rule in Kashmir. Whosoever, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, Kashmiri or non-Kashmiri, strengthens India's illegal occupation will be our target, just like the Indian soldiers… There is no harm in killing those who want India's system or constitution in (held) Kashmir."

- Abdur Rafia, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Muzaffarabad, September 10, 2002.


"We are of the firm opinion that no Kashmiri will take part in the polls willingly. If anyone showed up at the polling stations, he would have been driven there at gunpoint by the task force or the renegades… We [candidates] regard them as treacherous. Their crime is not less than those who have forcibly occupied our land. They are the real culprits and we will target them."

- Sheikh Jameelur Rehman, chief of Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen, September 10, 2002.


"The people of Kashmir, who are fighting Indian occupation at different levels, will completely boycott the polls by themselves… We are not killing even those who are taking part in the elections, although we believe they are committing treachery and betrayal with the blood of the martyrs."

- Salim Hashmi, spokesperson of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, September 10, 2002.


"Active workers and members of (the ruling) National Conference have already been warned. No political organization or party will be allowed to make a sell-out with the blood of martyrs."

- Al Badr, Srinagar, September 3, 2002.


"We appeal to the employees and transporters to remain away from the election drama and not extend cooperation to the pro-India administration in this regard… Participation in the elections is an act of betrayal with the 90,000 martyrs and no Kashmiri can commit such a mistake."

- Saif-ul-Islam, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ‘commander-in-chief’ for Kashmir, August 27, 2002.


"Our principal stand is clear and categorical. Everybody who is directly participating in the forthcoming assembly elections in Kashmir is our target.''

Ghulam Rasool Shah, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Supreme Commander’, August 20, 2002.


"We welcome (United States Secretary of State Collin) Powell's announcement that Kashmir is an international issue. But as far as his stand on the forthcoming farcical exercise (elections) in Kashmir is concerned, we disagree with him… We make it clear that we are least concerned about the polls, whether they are free, fair or fraudulent."

- Salim Hashmi, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen spokesperson, Islamabad, July 31, 2002.


"Any person, who as a candidate, or as a voter or supporter or as a transporter, takes part or assists in the elections willingly, will be deemed a traitor and meet an exemplary fate…No person will escape his fate who betrays the blood of 80,000 martyrs in Kashmir, or who tramples over the feelings of the Kashmiri people by participating in the elections."

- Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, July 27, 2002.


"… Take [All Parties Hurriyat Conference] a clear, categorical and unequivocal stand regarding the so-called elections in the occupied territory [Jammu and Kashmir] and represent the sentiments of the Kashmiris by launching a vigorous anti-polls campaign."

- United Jehad Council, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, July 2, 2002.


"Those who are thinking of participating in the so-called election will be dealt with exemplary punishment."

- Jameel Ahmed, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen spokesperson, Srinagar, June 28, 2002.


"Participation of Kashmiri people in the election could give a severe blow to the movement."

-Tahirul Islam, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen ‘deputy commander’ June 28, 2002.


"These politicians [Jamaat-e-Islami and All Parties Hurriyat Conference] …leaders were the champions of armed struggle at the onset of militancy and used to take lead over one another but have succumbed to the political pressure and just for the lust for power term armed struggle as the handiwork of misguided people."

Saif-ul-Islam, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ‘commander-in-chief’ for Kashmir, April 29, 2002.


"Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir cannot stand as candidates and fight elections under the Indian Constitution as it amounts to strengthening the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India… Elections under the Indian Constitution are in the interest of New Delhi. Therefore, all adult Muslims cannot take part in the electoral process… anybody who violates the decree and stands as a candidate or campaigns will attract death penalty."

- Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, April 10, 2002.


"If any Hurriyat leader including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Democratic Freedom party leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah, are found involved in any (election) activity, it would attract serious consequences.''

- Jammu and Kashmir Islami Front, Srinagar, March 24, 2002.


"Hizbul Mujahideen believes in democracy and is prepared, like before, for meaningful talks to resolve the Kashmir issue…"No militant associated with Hizbul Mujahideen will ever participate in the elections under the Indian Constitution."

- Juniad-ul-Islam, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen spokesperson, Srinagar, March 16, 2002.

 

All Parties Hurriyat Conference

 

"The world should no more be misguided by the false Indian propaganda that the drama in the name of election could be alternative to promised plebiscite… Instead of achieving anything, the sham elections will lead to more violence, coercion and intimidation by the over 700,000 Indian security personnel deployed in the state."

- Yusuf Nasim, Convenor, APHC Pakistan chapter, Islamabad, September 17, 2002.


"Elections for running the Government were held in the past also and they achieved nothing. The election chapter is closed for us as we have made it clear time and again that we cannot dilute our decision of 1996."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, September 5, 2002.


"By holding these elections India wants to present this (Kashmir) struggle as India's internal problem…"Kashmir is not India's internal problem. It is an international issue."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, August 30, 2002.


"We are not against the principle of elections but we will never become a part of polls which just elect governments."
- Maulvi Mohammad Umar Farooq, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Council member, Srinagar, August 30, 2002.


‘‘It (participation in polls) depends...if India, Pakistan and the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir can sit together and evolve a mechanism to ascertain the wishes of the people here towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue’."

- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, August 17, 2002.


"Life is like a changing ocean, anything can happen in future. But right now we have no plans of participating in the polls… Jamaat has lost faith in the electoral process despite being part of the exercise for over 15 years."

- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, June 29, 2002.


"We consider, rightly so, the answer to our problem does not lie in Assembly elections so we will not participate in the process or exercise."

- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, April 4, 2002.


"We do not want to install any other Mr. Farooq. It makes absolutely no difference as far as we are concerned. Elections do not provide the answers to questions we ask."

- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, April 4, 2002.


"How can you expect that election would solve the vexed Kashmir issue as 1996 elections have created more problems and since then a large number of people have been killed."

- Abdul Ghani Lone, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Council member, Srinagar, April 1, 2002.


"Elections cannot alter the basic realities about Kashmir. It is a disputed territory and it will stay that way."

- Syed Ali Geelani, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Council member, January 2002. 


A compilation by Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi

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