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"I Will Support Free And Fair Elections"

Excerpts from an interview with Abdul Majid Dar, HM leader, conducted by The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington (http://www.stimson.org ), in Srinagar:

"I Will Support Free And Fair Elections"
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When did you first pick up the gun?
When I was 35, in 1987. We contested the elections, but they were rigged. We were arrested in the counting halls. That was when the militancy started. Now there are foreign militants...
It was an indigenous movement in the early stages; it still is. After ’95, though, foreigners joined us. When outsiders came to help, we welcomed them. Anyone fighting for Kashmiri self-determination is respected here. Otherwise, no foreign militant will survive a day without local help.

What’s the state of militancy today?
It has matured. Gen S. Padmanabhan has said the Indian forces can control the militancy but can’t eradicate it. Militancy too, can’t throw out the army. So, there has to be a political solution.

Do the ceasefire announcements help?
So far, India and Pakistan are talking only about ceasefires, not solutions. We want to see an end to bloodshed, but there needs to be an honourable solution.

What led to the Hizbul’s earlier ceasefire call?
I took the step...
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