Free, Fair Elections in Kashmir.(LETTERS)(FORUM)
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
India confronts a Kashmir Rubicon on Sept. 16 when it commences a four-phase balloting process in the disputed territory to elect members to a Kashmiri Assembly.
If India boldly crosses the Rubicon by conducting free, fair and transparent elections reflective of the genuine sentiments of the Kashmiri people, then a final peaceful settlement of the 55-year-old Kashmir conflict will be in sight. If India balks at a crossing and continues its old bad habit of election rigging and denying Kashmiri self-determination celebrated in United Nations Security Council resolutions, then Kashmir will remain beleaguered by terrorism, repression, misery and destitution.
The United States by moral suasion is urging India to opt for boldness, and reap rewards like Egypt's Anwar Sadat for speaking …
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Publication information: Article title: Free, Fair Elections in Kashmir.(LETTERS)(FORUM). Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 15, 2002. Page number: B05. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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