Militants Call For Disrupting J&K Polls
6 January 2005
The Economic Times
Srinagar: Within days after a reputed PoK politician suggested that Kashmiri separatists also contest the forthcoming local body polls, the United Jihad Council (UJC) threatened to make this exercise a failure. The municipal polls are being held after a delay of over 25 years. They are slated to begin on February 1. 'By holding this sham political exercise the government of India is trying to hoodwink the world at large that things are hunky dory in Kashmir. But everybody knows what is happening in Kashmir,' said the Muzaffarabad-based UJC alliance leader Syed Salahuddin. He also asked the political leadership (read separatists) to play a role in making 'this drama enacted by Mufti's puppet regime' a failure. 'We have rejected it and we will launch a movement against this,' said Syed Salahuddin, who heads the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.