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ANC to join hands with Third Front

india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 01:28 IST

Awami National Conference on Wednesday said it will contest the upcoming parliamentary elections jointly with the Third Front and will field candidates from all six seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The ANC will fight the Lok Sabha elections jointly with the Third Front," party leader Khalida Shah told reporters after veteran National Conference leader Ghulam Nabi Kochak announced his decision to join the ANC along with his supporters in Srinagar.

The party, which did not win a single seat during last year's assembly elections, has decided to put up candidates on all the six seats - three in Kashmir, two in Jammu and one in Ladakh region - in consultation with the Front.

Khalida, the widow of former chief minister G M Shah, claimed people of Kashmir will not feel secure unless Indian forces were withdrawn from the state.

"If government of India and the state government want security of people in Kashmir, security forces should be withdrawn from the state," she said referring to the killing of three youths at Bomai-Sopore and Khaigam in Pulwama.

Terming Kashmir issue as a 'dispute', Khalida said it should be resolved through trilateral dialogue between India, Pakistan and People of Jammu and Kashmir.