September 1999 News


Pak seeks international observers to monitor polls in J&K

2 September 1999
Daily Excelsior

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today urged the international community to send independent observers to monitor the coming Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir and claimed Parliamentary polls cannot be substitute for plebiscite.

Accusing India of committing repeated electoral fraud with the Kashmiris, Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz told the official APP news agency, ... It is important for the world to make special arrangements to monitor the elections in the State.

Information Minister Mushahid Hussain told reporters that elections cannot be substitute for UN sponsored plebiscite as per the UN resolutions claiming both India and the international community are party to these resolutions.

Seeking to draw a parallel with the East Timor referendum, he said, UN has found a solution to that problem... And we hope the same principle will be applied in case of Kashmir.

Hussain rejected External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh’s assertion that Afghanistan-based Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden was linked with militancy in Kashmir.

He also slammed India for its draft nuclear doctrine saying it was part of New Delhi’s hegemonistic designs.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tariq Altaf said Pakistan was ready to resume dialogue with India but demanded assurances from New Delhi on result-oriented talks.

India should hold out assurance that they will bring sincerity and that the talks will be result oriented, he said. (PTI)

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