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J&K assembly polls after Sept: Azad

The assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir will be held after September, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2008 15:46 IST

The assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir will be held after September, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday. "Election will be held anytime after September," Azad told PTI on the sidelines of a conference here.

The term of the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly ends in mid-November. This is the only state in the country which has a six-year tenure.

Asked about the possibility of continuing Congress' alliance with PDP in the polls, Azad said it was too early to say anything on it.

"Let us see...It is too early to say..." he said.

Despite bickerings between themselves, the Congress and PDP have been running the government since 2002. As a rotational arrangement, in the first three years, PDP's Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ruled the state as chief minister while Azad took charge of the office in 2005.

Earlier, addressing the international conference on terrorism, Azad, without naming Pakistan, said there are some countries which sponsor violence to bleed another nation and this tendency needs to be checked through innovative strategy.

"There are countries which support and sponsor terrorism and believe that they can bleed another country through a thousand terrorist cuts," Azad said.

He said terrorism brings glamour, power, prestige and access to wealth and women. "This is exploited by mentors who lure youths to become terrorists."