Azad Kashmir elections rigged: JI

1 August 2008
The News International

Islamabad: Karachi Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir, Abdur Rashid Turabi, has alleged that elections in Azad Kashmir (AJK) were rigged and the present government came into power with President Musharrafs support. He said that rulers lent unconditional support to President Musharraf on his policy towards the Kashmir issue. Asked how he saw the internal crisis in the NWFP- FATA and Balochistan, he said it was all linked with the Kashmir issue, adding that the Pakistan government had deviated from its stand. He added that the government has to change its Afghan and Kashmir policy and must recognise the rights of the locals. He was addressing a press conference at the Idara-e-Noor-e-Haq on Friday along with the Amir, JI, Karachi, Mohammad Hussain Mehanti. Turabi said that the independence movement of Kashmir lay in the stability and integrity of Pakistan but Musharrafs policies had jeopardised the right of self-determination of Kashmiris. He demanded that international organisations play their role in the valley to stop the genocide by the Indian army. The AJK JI chief said state terrorism was being used against Kashmiris, mosques were being attacked and the houses of innocent Muslim Kashmiris were being burnt by the Indian army, but the government of Pakistan was silent. He termed the silence of government of Pakistan as criminal. He said India was trying to convert Kashmir into a cantonment and wanted to capture the valley. But on the call of Syed Ali Gilani, not only Kashniris but even the Hurriyat Conference had been united and the movement of Kashmir has been geared up which resulted in the change of the puppet government.