PDF Rules Out Pre-poll Alliance In J-K, To Contest 30 Seats

11 November 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: The People's Democratic Front (PDF) on Tuesday said it will contest 30 of the 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir and ruled out alliance with any party. 'We have decided to contest 30 seats. The entire list of the candidates will be made public afterwards,' party chairman Hakeem Mohammad Yasin told reporters here after releasing the party manifesto. Yasin would contest Khansahib and Budgam seats while Nazir Ahmad Itoo would be party nominee in Chrar-e-Sharief. Ghulam Nabi Namtahali would contest Chadoora seat, while Sonaullah Dar would be PDF candidate in Beerwah. Asked if the party, which was registered only this year, had entered into a pre-poll alliance with any party, Yasin said there was no question of entering into an alliance with any party at this juncture. 'We are working in coordination with some parties like Democratic Party-Nationalist (led by Ghulam Hassan Mir) and Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami but there is no pre-poll alliance.' Yasin said it was a 'largesse' of the Congress that it had decided not to field candidates against him, Mir and Tarigami. He, however, added that the party would join hands with those parties after elections, whose stand is in agreement with party's manifesto. While the manifesto has touched almost similar points as that of rival People's Democratic Party, the PDF promises zero tolerance on human rights violations. For resolution of Kashmir issue, party favours 'dialogue with dignity' involving all front-line separatist parties, including both factions of the Hurriyat Conference. It also promises to work towards repealing of all 'black laws' in the state, including Armed Forces Special Powers Act.