Javed Mir detained in Jammu and Kashmir: JKLF
20 September 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: J&K police detained JKLF leader Javed Mir, who was due to make a speech urging people not to take part in ongoing elections, his party said on Friday. The acting chairman of the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was picked up by police from his house in Srinagar, JKLF spokesman Ashraf Ahmed said. He said Mir was scheduled to address a prayer congregation in the central Kashmir district of Budgam and urge people not to take part in the remaining three phases of state elections. Budgam, as well as Srinagar and Jammu districts, is going to the polls in the second phase on September 24. The first phase took place on Monday with authorities recording a ''satisfactory'' 47 percent voter turnout. Kashmir''s main separatist alliance the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), of which JKLF is an important member, has called for a poll boycott, saying elections are not a substitute for a plebiscite to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Mir was detained for one day a fortnight ago when he was heading to the northern district of Kupwara to carry out an anti- election campaign.