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Are elections in J&K a rebuff to separatists or a farce?

Will conversion of LoC into International border solve Kashmir issue?: - The world knows that Pakistan has nothing of its own and is living on grants given by others. Musharraf should first create a good home ground before going public of what India is doing, says BK Koul, Tokyo, Japan. Conversion of LoC into Intl Border will not bring a solution to Kashmir imbroglio. The solution lies in bringing Kashmiri people back to national mainstream, says Ashraf Geelani, Srinagar, J&K.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2002 11:03 IST

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 Pakistan:  Elections in J&K has been a farce with security forces coercing the locals to cast their votes. The sham elections have been rejected by the people of Kashmir as some areas registered  very low polling.  India: Polling to the first phase of elections in J&K has been peaceful. Local residents have defied terrorist threats and voluntarily cast their votes in an apparent rebuff to Pakistan.   

First Published: Sep 17, 2002 23:16 IST