May 1999 News

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No Plans to Contest Polls Under Present Dispensation: Hurriyat

13 May 1999
Indian Express

NEW DELHI: May 13;(Indian Express) Hurriyat Conference today said it had taken no decision nor had any plans to contest any elections in Jammu and Kashmir "under the present dispensation". Disputing media reports which suggested that some of its leaders had stated in the hague that it was ready to contest elections under the rule of Farooq Abdullah government, Hurriyat Conference spokesman Abdul Majid Bandey said here that "whatever has been reportedly attributed to our leaders is not the policy of the Hurriyat Conference", reports PTI.

Stating that any policy decisions about Hurriyat's plans are taken by the executive committee, he said "no such decision has been taken nor was there any plan to do so." He told PTI that the policy of the Hurriyat was "clear that it is not going to participate in any elections held under the present dispensation". "We will only participate in an election which is held to choose representatives of Kashmir for negotiations on the future of the state but that too if conducted under the observation of "any impartial international organisation like the United Nations," Bandey said.

A secion of the media today reported that Hurriyat representatives at the ongoing 'Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP)' had expressed readiness of the Hurriyat to contest elections under the Farooq Abdullah regime.

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