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Farooq not to contest 2008 Jammu and Kashmir polls

Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, has said he will not participate in the 2008 Jammu and Kashmir polls.

Srinagar, May 22 : Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, has said he will not participate in the 2008 Jammu and Kashmir polls.

Farooq said the polls should be held simultaneously across Kashmir.

"Elections should be held on both sides - Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit, Baltistan, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. If elections are held on both sides, and if Kashmiris have their own government, then things can move forward," he said during a memorial service for his slain father Mirwaiz Maulvi Muhammad Farooq and another key separatist Abdul Ghani Lone, also killed by unidentified gunmen.

Farooq also said they would participate in talks only if it leads to a resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

"I would like to tell the Government that the Hurriyat Conference believes in peace talks. But, we cannot accept any condition for the talks. If the Government, in its own interest, wants the talks for a change of government, or if they simply want a separatist leader to lead the government, then the Hurriyat Conference is against it," he said.

The Hurriyat boycotted the recently held third roundtable on Kashmir, which was presided over by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

The roundtable and the talks between the moderate faction of APHC and the previous NDA Government are separate from the comprehensive dialogue process that is taking place between India and Pakistan.

ANI

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