Elections in Indian Occupied
Islamabad, July 4, 2002. The Foreign Office
Spokesman, in response to a question regarding the Indian Government’s
plan to hold elections in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, recalled that UN
Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute clearly stipulate
that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be in
accordance with the will of the Kashmir’s expressed through a free and
impartial plebiscite conducted under UN auspices. It was; therefore,
clear that no election held in IOK under the Indian Constitution, and
under the barrel of Indian guns could be a substitute for a free and
fair plebiscite under UN auspices.
Spokesman also referred to a recent statement by the Chief Election
Commissioner of India in which he had said that no one would be
compelled to vote and no coercion would be allowed to increase the voter
turn out. This statement by implication, accepted the unwillingness of
the Kashmir’s to participate in the fraudulent elections in IOK. From
all indications it appears that the Indian government fully intends to
manipulate the forthcoming elections. To this end important members of
the Executive Committee of the APHC have already been arrested under
trumped up charges.
Spokesman added that as to participation in the elections to the
so-called State Assembly of the Indian Occupied Kashmir, a decision
rested with the APHC and the people of Kashmir. The APHC has already
announced its intention to boycott these sham elections. The Government
of Pakistan respects the decision of the APHC leadership.
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