Shah proposes J&K polls under supervision of NGOs
10 February 2001
New Delhi: Senior Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah on Saturday advanced a new proposal for holding of elections in Jammu and Kashmir under the supervision of some non-governmental organisations of the country and intellectuals. "If the government is really interested in finding the true representatives of people of Kashmir, then elections should be held under the supervision of some Indian NGOs and intellectuals," he told reporters. Shah made it clear that he was not seeking supervision by any international organisation or the United Nations as he had complete faith in Indian NGOs and intellectuals. Shah, one of the founder members of militant movement in the state, said simultaneously polls under such supervision should also be held in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to choose the representatives who could talk on behalf of the people in that part of Kashmir. Referring to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, he said, "if he claims to be the genuine representative, he should prove his majority again by stepping down and facing the elections under such a supervision." He blamed Abdullah for recent killings of Sikhs in Srinagar and sought a judicial probe into it so that culprits were brought to book. Shah said he was not opposed to talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the Kashmir issue.