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Ultras want to keep Kashmir pot boiling

The frightening fire and fury unleashed by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir to disrupt elections underscores their determination to prove the disputed status of the state.
PTI | By Arun Joshi, Jammu
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2004 01:46 PM IST

The frightening fire and fury unleashed by the militants in Jammu and Kashmir to disrupt the election process underscores their determination to prove the disputed status of the state.

Essentially, they want to show to the world that the Kashmir pot continues to boil despite claims to contrary. Their resolve to defeat the election process is hardened by the success of the 2002 Assembly polls, which even the international community hailed as a genuine expression of the democratic right of the people.

But a closer look at some of the acts of violence has raised several questions, prompting observers to point out that the violence may not be purely militant in nature.

Immediately after the attack on her party rally in Uri, in which two cabinet ministers had providential escape, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said it was not the handiwork of militants. She instead blamed the Congress, a coalition partner in the state, for the incident.

Then on polling day on April 20, there were several attacks in Pattan and Lolab where the opposition National Conference is in a strong position. On the same day, Omar Abdullah also escaped an assassination attempt.

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