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Pak doesn't want Kashmir polls to succeed: Advani

Pak doesn't want Kashmir polls to succeed: Advani

Publication: The Economic Times
Date: September 13, 2002
Virtually blaming Pakistan for the upsurge in militant violence in Jammu and Kashmir, deputy prime minister LK Advani on Thursday said Islamabad was worried that the results of assembly elections would go against its design of proxy war in India.

'Pakistan is worried that the election results in Jammu and Kashmir would create a decisive situation before the world community.... That would go against its design of proxy war against India,' he said addressing the concluding session of the two-day north zone regional camp of BJP functionaries here.

Mr Advani said Pakistan has gone back on its assurance to stop infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir. The infiltration of terrorists had reduced in May and June, but it again increased in July and August culminating in a big spurt this month because Pakistan feared that successful elections in Jammu and Kashmir would consolidate world opinion against it, Mr Advani said.

He said the killing of J&K law minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone on Wednesday was an assault on the democratic electoral process in the state.

The border district of Kupwara, where there had been a tremendous response of the people to the election process, the Pakistan supported terrorists have struck the most, Mr Advani added.

He said the realisation by the world community about the gravity of the situation after the terrorist attack in United States on September 11 last year would help our efforts, but India would have to fight cross-border terrorism on its own strength.

Mr Advani said a massive campaign had been launched in the country to demolish networks of Pakistan's Inter Services intelligence through which Islamabad had been waging its proxy war after its defeat in conventional war in 1971.

Stating that 150 ISI centres had already been demolished in different parts of the country, he asked the BJP cadres to keep a vigil on the activities of suspected ISI agents in their areas and inform the security agencies.

Earlier, Mr Advani told reporters that the terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir were aimed at terrorising the people of the troubled state who are participating in the election process enthusiastically. He said it was significant that the terrorists chose the anniversary of September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon in the US to strike in Jammu and Kashmir. -Agencies

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