'Army, militants were in league during 2002 polls'

HANDWARA: In a startling revelation National Conference senior leader Minister for CAPD, Choudhri Mohammad Ramzan Saturday said that on the behest of New Delhi, Army was in league with militants during 2002 Assembly Elections and they favoured a particular political party to oust National Conference from power.

Addressing a public gathering in North Kashmir’s Punzuwa, Vilgam area, Ramzan claimed that 2002 Elections were conducted under the supervision of few Army commanders. “New Delhi had assigned few Army Commanders with the task to oust NC from power and Army in league with militants favoured a particular political party,” Ramzan said adding that even he himself lost that election.

“People have rejected such practices now and 2008 elections were fair. Now there is no interference from Army or militants in the elections,” he said.

Without naming Sajjad Lone, he said that some people used to receive funds from Pakistan and now they approach New Delhi for monetary help to contest elections. “During militancy NC suffered heavily as most of the workers killed belonged to our party. Those who killed our workers are taking part in elections now. They seek monetary help from New Delhi to fight elections after looting neighbouring country Pakistan,” he said.

Choudhri Mohammad Ramzan said that time has changed now and “we are seeing that during a function recently how pro-Indian politicians and separatist leaders were shaking hands. “A.G.Noorani was all praise for Late Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah and he mentioned the facts. The fact is that Mohammad Ali Jinnah rejected the independence theory of Kashmir when on the instructions of Shiekh Abdullah, Late Sadiq sahib and G.M.Shah had gone to meet him in Pakistan,” he said adding that if Shiek’s philosophy would be adopted in letter and spirit peace will prevail everywhere in Valley.

Ramzan further said that Pakistan used to send haul of arms at our Mujhahid Manzil Head Quarters even when Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah was alive but Shiek used to throw that ammunition in the river at Zainakadal as he knew that gun would create havoc and would bring miseries to people. Sheiekh was a far sighted leader and Omar Abdullah possess all his traits. (CNS)

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