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"There has been a maximum of 10 per cent turnout in some areas, while in most parts it was as low as two per cent."

- Pervez Musharraf, President, Islamabad, September 23, 2002.

"The people of Kashmir have rejected those elections. They are being coerced and forced to participate. We know from past experiences what kind of elections they were. What happens in the present exercise, we will get to know as the process goes on."

- Aziz Ahmed Khan, Foreign Office spokesperson, Islamabad, September 16, 2002.

"Such elections, under Indian occupation, will not help peace; they must set it back. The people of Jammu and Kashmir must be allowed to exercise their right to determine their own future in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council."

- Pervez Musharraf, President, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 12, 2002.

"No polls can be a substitute for (the) plebiscite promised to the people of Kashmir by the United Nations and India itself."

- Aziz Ahmed Khan, Spokesperson, Pakistani Foreign Office, Islamabad, September 12, 2002.

"The government of Pakistan condemns the terrorist attack in Held Kashmir which led to the death of Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, a minister in Held Kashmir, as well as other civilians… The government of Pakistan has always opposed terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."

- Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson, Islamabad, September 11, 2002.

"What are they holding the elections for? The Kashmiris have rejected them. They are not permitting either their local or international observers? Will they be monitored by the Indian troops."

- Nisar A. Memon, Minister for Information and Media Development, Islamabad, August 23, 2002.

"The announcement by India to hold elections in Indian occupied Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) is yet another effort to give a mask of legitimacy to India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s position on this issue is based on United Nations Security Council resolutions. Elections can not be a substitute for a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the sole credible voice of the Kashmiri people has already rejected the holding of such elections, as have some other parties. The government of India has organized such farcical elections in the past a well. These so-called elections have invariably been retched and have always been boycotted by the Kashmiri people if the past is any guide the elections planned by India will once again take place without the participation of the Kashmiri people and they are only designed to obtain pre-determined results… Pakistan can not accept any responsibility for developments inside Indian occupied Kashmir nor can India try to shift the onus of the failure of elections to Pakistan."

- Pervez Musharraf, President, Islamabad, August 14, 2002.

"The Indians have held such farces of elections many times before… Regardless of the drama they (the Indians) would like to enact, that is no substitute for giving them (Kashmiris) a choice of joining Pakistan or India."

- Maj. Gen Rashid Qureshi, Military Regime Spokesperson, Rawalpindi, August 10, 2002.

"Pakistan can in no way influence the election one way or the other… there is something they (India) want to hide. That is the reason they are not allowing foreign observers which is quite customary these days."

- Aziz Ahmed Khan, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Islamabad, August 5, 2002.

"All of India's attempts and trickery has failed in Kashmir and elections are the last attempt… I just want to tell that whosoever will take oath under Indian constitution (after taking part in elections) will sell out his freedom for good."

- Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, National Kashmir Committee chairman, Muzaffarabad, July 19, 2002.

"It is, therefore, clear that no election held in occupied Kashmir under the Indian constitution, and under the barrel of Indian guns could be a substitute for a free and fair plebiscite under UN auspices."

- Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson, Islamabad, July 4, 2002.

"Basically the conditions in Kashmir are not set that will warrant a fair elections".

- Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, National Kashmir Committee chairman, June 22, 2002.

Political and Religious Parties

"Elections under the shadow of the Indian guns in the occupied Jammu Kashmir can neither be expected to be fair and transparent nor be the substitute for the plebiscite committed by the world community through the UN resolutions on Kashmir."

- Sharif Tariq Chaudhry, former Jammu Kashmir Liberation League President, August 21, 2002.

"Staging drama of holding of the so-called elections in India held Kashmir is not the solution for establishment of durable and permanent peace in South Asia rather early implementation of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir is the need to achieve the task."

- Maulana Attiq ur Rehman, president Jammiat-Ulema-e-Jammu & Kashmir, August 29, 2002.





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