February 2002 News

Prove representative character, Shabir Shah tells Hurriyat

19 February 2002
The Hindustan Times
Sumir Kaul

New Delhi: Hitting out at Hurriyat Conference''s decision to form a parallel election commission, senior Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah has said the amalgam should come to polls and prove its representative character. ''What are they trying to say by forming the election commission is not clear to me at least. The amalgam is deliberately trying to make the situation worse for the people of Jammu and Kashmir by making such an announcement,'' Shah, who was in capital, said. Shah, considered to be ''Nelson Mandela'' of Kashmir, said he had proposed three years back holding elections under the supervision of ''neutral observers'' which now the Hurriyat leaders were modifying by announcing a parallel election commission of such neutral people. ''No doubt the choice of people is good but will it be acceptable to both the countries. The Hurriyat leaders were deliberately trying to make the situation complicated in order to please someone,'' Shah, who was suspended from Hurriyat Conference because of his moderate approach, said. Shah was among the three leaders contacted by JKLF chief Yaseen Malik after the announcement of the commission. The others were former Chief Minister GM Shah and Amir-e-Jamaat Ghulam Mohammed Bhat.


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