Yaqoob asks contestants to maintain peace, tolerance in polls campaigns
ISLAMABAD—AJK President Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan has asked the polls contestants in Azad Kashmir to ensure maintenance of societal peace, harmony, and mutual tolerance.
It is necessary to make the election contesting process dignified. Electioneering in the liberated territory leave much impact across the Line of Control. It should in no way negatively affect the greater cause of Kashmir.
The struggling people of occupied Kashmir are looking towards us and to the people of Pakistan, he said in his media remarks on Wednesday here. Sardar Yaqoob Khan said that he himself would fulfill all fair-polls-conduct menu and expected all election fighting candidates to implement the directives given by the Chief Election Commissioner Mr Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal who he said wields commendable capability to conduct fair, free and convinc- ing elections in the State. Sardar Yaqoob said that he has bound himself not to trespass the legal limits set by the CEC. Therefore I have decided to stay away from the electioneering of my daughter Ms Farzana Yaqoob.
He observed that honest democracy can help push forward the Kashmir cause on all levels, local, regional and international.
I have highlighted the Kashmir case on international level effectively during my tours abroad. World is convinced of the urgency to settle Kashmir dispute to ensure durable peace in South Asia and to usher in a phase of friendship between Pakistan and India.
He urged India to shun its conventional intransigence on Kashmir so that meaningful dialogue could proceed ahead. The Kashmir standoff is highly inflammable for the entire region. The world is looking on Pakistan and India how they seek Kashmir solution, he added.