Musharraf’s double standards exposed
Tribune News Service
Jammu, July 16
The double standards of Pakistan on the Kashmir issue got exposed during the Tuesday’s elections for the National Assembly of the ****************** Kashmir (***) in which General Pervez Musharraf debarred the pro-independence candidates from contesting the polls.
While General Musharraf was pampering the separatists and pro-independence elements operating on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, he was firm in not allowing their counterparts in the *** to even file their nomination papers.
General Musharraf has on various international platforms, demanded the introduction of “self-rule” on this side of Jammu and Kashmir, but reports said that fingers were being raised on the elections in *** by Sahibzada Ishaq Zaffar, president of the Peoples Party Azad Jammu Kashmir (PPAJK), who has accused General Musharraf of “manipulating the election results”.
India has also said that the elections in the *** lack credibility.
Zaffar has said that General Musharraf was fiddling in the affairs of the ***, particularly at a time when a “broader consensus was required on the Kashmir issue”.
A Pakistan Muslim League leader, Sardar Sarwar Khan, has also accused him of “taking sides” with the ruling Muslim Conference (MC) during the *** elections.
Elections have been held for 40 seats and the schedule for election to the eight special seats would be issued later. The MC has emerged as the single largest party.
Reports indicate that about 50 per cent polling was registered in the ***. This was very low compared to the 70 per cent polling during the recent byelection for four assembly seats in J&K valley.
Doubts were being raised on the fairness of the elections in the *** right from the beginning. Nomination papers of 30 of 31 candidates of the pro-independence J&L Liberation Front of Amanullah Khan were rejected.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Jammu & Kashmir