JK vote against disintegration of the State: Shah
16 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC), which has favoured a tripartite solution to differences over Kashmir, today said that the people’s verdict in the recent Assembly elections was against the forces which wanted to disintegrate the state on communal lines and those who claimed that Kashmir was an integral part of India. People have voted for the parties and individuals who believed that Kashmir was a disputed issue and needs to be resolved through peaceful means, ANC president Ghulam Mohammad Shah said while addressing Central Executive Committee members of his party here. The people, he said, had voted in favour of the political parties or candidates who, in principle, have agreed that Kashmir is an issue which need to be resolved according to the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Shah, the brother-in-law of caretaker Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, said voters had outrightly rejected those parties and the candidates who had for long been taking the people of the state for a ride for their personal benefit. These very people were responsible for the bloodbath in Kashmir, Mr Shah, a former Chief Minister said. Mr Shah called upon the Centre and political leaders of India to rise to the occasion to bring India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris to the negotiating table to prove their sincerity in bringing the people of the sub-continent out of the present situation. He also questioned the voter turnout and alleged that the statistical results of the elections were highly exaggerated.