Malik challenges Mufti to prove representative character
12 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik on Tuesday challenged Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to contest against him from any constituency in the valley to prove representative character. ''Let him (Sayeed) choose a constituency anywhere in the Kashmir valley and contest against me and let us see who represents the aspirations of Kashmiri people,'' Malik said at his first conference after his release from a Jammu jail on a month-long parole. He said with four or five per cent votes the PDP got in recent Assembly polls Sayeed should not boast to be representative of Kashmiri people when 80 per cent people have supported us. ''Ved Bhasin (editor of Kashmir Times group) is a personal friend of the Chief Minister and mine too... Let us make him the election commissioner for the constituency Sayeed chooses to contest from,'' Malik said adding he would also appeal to militants not to disrupt the polls in case Sayeed accepted the challenge. ''He should also move without security''. He said Sayeed can bring all star campaigners including recently foe-turned-friend Farooq Abdullah to campaign. Asked why he had restricted Sayeed''s choice to the valley, Malik said, ''I will talk of the constituency where I am strong. Do not talk in air ... Though other parts of the state are also my constituencies''.