Hurriyat launches anti-poll campaign
3 September 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: A day after averting a possible split over ''proxy'' candidates of Peoples Conference being in the fray, Hurriyat Conference today launched anti-election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir asking the people to reject the poll process and continue their struggle for right of self-determination. ''The so-called elections cannot be an alternative to the right of self-determination and the people should reject the frivilous elections, aimed at formation of a government, and remove all impediments in the way of the ongoing struggle for the cause of their future,'' senior Hurriyat executive member Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari told a public meeting at Nabadnara in Budgam district. This was the first public meeting of the conglomerate of 23 separatist parties in the recent past. Ansari asked people to remain united and strong and thwart any attempt to weaken and malign the Hurriyat which he said was their representative body. Ansari said ''Kashmir issue has attained importance at the international level and it is being viewed and discussed very seriously. As such people are duty-bound to foil attempts of those who betray the blood of martyrs.'' He urged all peace loving countries to ask India to initiate a dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.