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Is conflict in J&K a freedom struggle?

Are elections in J&K vital for peace?: "No, it cannot happen till the time we are able to get complete support of the people of Kashmir, and they stand united", says Vikram, Delhi. "The poll under hostile situation is of no worth. India should come up with suitable solution after discussing with Pakistan", says Shahid, USA . "Pakistan should vacate the occupied territory and India would held the referendum", says Makarand, Canberra, Australia.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2002 21:51 IST

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 Gen Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan President:  No amount of external aid could have inspired Kashmiri people to sacrifice the lives of its 80,000 youth and to sustain the struggle for decades against India. George W. Bush, US President: US rejects Islamabad's description of terrorist violence in the state as freedom struggle and would continue to pressurise Pakistan to desist from incursions into J&K. 

First Published: Sep 13, 2002 18:22 IST