All Parties Hurriyat Conference
''We won't commit any offence. But if stopping anybody from casting vote is an offence, forcing them to vote against their will, too, is a crime… We will not enforce our decision of non-participation of voters, but the Government should not use force to push people to vote."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, September 23, 2002.
"The world should no more be misguided by the false Indian propaganda that the drama in the name of election could be alternative to promised plebiscite… Instead of achieving anything, the sham elections will lead to more violence, coercion and intimidation by the over 700,000 Indian security personnel deployed in the state."
- Yusuf Nasim, Convenor, APHC Pakistan chapter, Islamabad, September 17, 2002.
"Elections for running
the Government were held in the past also and they achieved nothing.
The election chapter is closed for us as we have made it clear time
and again that we cannot dilute our decision of 1996."
"By holding these
elections India wants to present this (Kashmir) struggle as India's
internal problem…"Kashmir is not India's internal problem. It is an
"We are not against the
principle of elections but we will never become a part of polls which
just elect governments."
‘‘It (participation in polls) depends...if India, Pakistan and the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir can sit together and evolve a mechanism to ascertain the wishes of the people here towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue’."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, August 17, 2002.
"Life is like a changing ocean, anything can happen in future. But right now we have no plans of participating in the polls… Jamaat has lost faith in the electoral process despite being part of the exercise for over 15 years."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, June 29, 2002.
"We consider, rightly so, the answer to our problem does not lie in Assembly elections so we will not participate in the process or exercise."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, April 4, 2002.
"We do not want to install any other Mr. Farooq. It makes absolutely no difference as far as we are concerned. Elections do not provide the answers to questions we ask."
- Abdul Ghani Bhat, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Srinagar, April 4, 2002.
"How can you expect that election would solve the vexed Kashmir issue as 1996 elections have created more problems and since then a large number of people have been killed."
- Abdul Ghani Lone, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Council member, Srinagar, April 1, 2002.
"Elections cannot alter the basic realities about Kashmir. It is a disputed territory and it will stay that way."
- Syed Ali Geelani, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Council member, January 2002.