August 2002 News

Pak asks India not to hold polls in Kashmir

20 August 2002
The Indian Express

Islamabad: Pakistan''s Information Minister called on India on Tuesday not to hold elections in Kashmir saying they would be a sham. Addressing Kashmiris outside of Parliament, Nisar Memon said Pakistan would only support elections in Kashmir after a referendum allowing Kashmiris to choose between India, Pakistan or independence. Speaking on ''Pakistan Solidarity Day'', Memon also repeated Pakistan''s call for international mediation to end the Kashmir issue. ''The whole world is now involved and understands the gravity of the problem. Unless the (Kashmir) issue is resolved, peace can''t return to South Asia,'' the Associated Press of Pakistan quoted him as saying.


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