May 2004 News

Separatist Hope New Govt Will Reverse Policy Of Repression, Corruption

19 May 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: Ittehaadi Force, an alliance of several separatist organisations, today joined the issue over the results of the parliamentary elections and hoped that the new government at centre would follow a visionary approach on Kashmir issue instead of the policy of 'suppression and corruption' of the NDA government. Senior separatist leaders comprising Democratic Freedom Party president Shabir Ahmad Shah, People's League chairman Shiekh Abdul Aziz, J&K Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik besides representatives of Jamaat- e-Islami, Jamiat Ahli Hadees today held a meeting which was presided over by Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom. The meet discussed the political developments at the centre and said the electorate in India exercised their democratic exercise to change the government and voted Congress and left parties to power. 'The people in J&K boycotted the elections and proved they are not with the elections. We expect the boycott would be a guideline for the new government and steps would be taken for the permanent resolution of Kashmir issue according to aspirations of people', he said. The previous government, the spokesman quoted the leaders as saying, followed the policy of suppression and corruption. 'The new government must give up that policy and take sincere steps for its resolution', he said. The meet also discussed the efforts being made for the broad based unity in the separatist leadership. 'The meet decided to continue those efforts', the spokesman said. The separatist leaders expressed concern over the alleged rise in human rights abuses after the successful boycott in elections. 'This is a state terrorism against the democratic rights of people and peace', they said.


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