January 2004 News

Hurriyat ready to set aside plebiscite demand: Ansari

24 January 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Hurriyat Conference chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari has said the conglomerate is willing to set aside its demand for a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. Ansari made these remarks in ‘Seedhi Baat’ programme on Aaj Tak today, according to a release issued by the TV network. Ansari, according to the release, said the Hurriyat was moving away from its earlier stand to facilitate peace talks. Sounding a conciliatory note, he said the Hurriyat is in favour of sitting together with all the concerned parties and working out a solution that is acceptable to all. Regarding the Hurriyat’s desire to travel to Pakistan, Ansari said he wishes to travel to that country on an Indian passport. While noting that he was denied a passport when he wanted to go for performing Haj, Ansari said he now wants to show the Pakistan Government that he has been given a passport by the Indian Government to travel to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Ansari claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections in 2002 were not fair and held only to 'get rid' of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. He said if fair polls were to be held, even a candidate nominated by him could defeat Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. Hurriyat had not participated in the Assembly elections. (PTI)


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