Hashim Qureshi To Contest Elections

Hashim Qureshi To Contest Elections

7 June 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Former hijacker and now head of the Democratic Liberation Party, Hashim Qureshi, on Thursday said the UN resolutions on Kashmir were ‘obsolete’ because they had finally ruled out the option of an independent state of Jammu and Kashmir (as it stood before partition). The DLP leader hinted at the possibility of contesting assembly polls in 2014, saying that elections were not a “contagious disease” for separatists to shun them, and threatened an agitation if authorities here foiled a proposed march to LoC from both sides. “The last UN resolution gives the people of the state only two options, either to join India or to go with Pakistan,” Qureshi, who has planned a march to the LoC jointly with some forces from across, said at a press conference here. “The Democratic Liberation Party does not accept this, because we want to unite the entire state and give it an independent status where all regions will be fully autonomous to decide their own affairs.” “Before a UN-supervised plebiscite here, Pakistan will have to withdraw its armed forces from Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and other areas,” he said. “Not only this, the areas of the state under Pakistan must be administered from Srinagar, as, at the time of the UN resolutions, Islamabad had not handed over a part of Gilgit-Baltistan to China, nor had Beijing occupied the Aksai Chin,” he said. “Will Pakistan and China vacate these areas ahead of a plebiscite?” he asked. “Even if India withdraws part of its forces from the state as stipulated by UN resolutions, what guarantees are there for pro-India and pro-Pak leaders to convince the masses to vote for either?” he said. “India, Pakistan and China should relinquish their claim on the state, so that a united Jammu and Kashmir emerges as a buffer zone to avert a catastrophic war between the three in the future,” he said.