Yaqoob asks con­tes­tants to main­tain peace, tol­er­ance in polls campaigns

AJK elec­tion­eer­ing

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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