Sharad Yadav lashes out at Pak

Jammu, Sept 12: Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Sharad Yadav today accused Pakistan of triggering violence to disrupt the Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls even as it blamed India for not holding free and fair polls in the state.

Jammu, Sept 12: Union Minister for Food and Civil
Supplies Sharad Yadav today accused Pakistan of triggering
violence to disrupt the Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls even
as it blamed India for not holding free and fair polls in the
state.

"On one side, Pakistan is blaming India for not holding
free and fair elections and talks of deploying international
observers to forsee assembly elections in the state, but at
the same time they are creating hurdles in the elections by
acts of violence," Yadav told reporters here.

Pakistan should stop terrorism and see for themselves
that people want restoration of democratic government in the
state, Yadav said adding "problems can be solved only by
democratic governments".

Citing Punjab and Assam, he said history shows that in
India people have defeated separatists and forces of terror by
taking part in elections and restoration of democracy.

Restoration of democracy in j and k in 1996 was a
historic step, but Pakistan continued to aid and sponsor
terrorism to stall the efforts for bringing complete normalcy
and peace in the state, Yadav said.

He said the Janta Dal (United) supported the Centre's
efforts to talk to elected members in Jammu and Kashmir for
restoration of complete normalcy in the state.

Bureau Report

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