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Struggle for freedom will continue in Kashmir, say separatists

December 30, 2008 16:45 IST

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Hardliner Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said that fulfilling election promises will be a test for the new government but added that the 'struggle for freedom' in the state will continue.

"Those who were elected have made promises to the people who voted. It will be a test for the new government to fulfill the promises of providing roads, electricity and drinking water to the people," Geelani said.

Although the separatists have been distancing themselves from the election process, describing it as a 'farce', Geelani was the first separatist leader to comment on the challenges ahead of the new government.

Geelani said while people voted for the mainstream politicians on the promises of better civic amenities and jobs, the separatists continue to represent the real sentiment of the people in the state.

"We represent the real sentiment of the people, which is azaadi from Indian occupation, and we will continue our struggle in this regard," he said.

Jammu and Kashmir [Images] Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was recently released from jail after over two months in detention, refused to comment on the elections or the new government. "I will come out with a statement after couple of days," Malik said.

Efforts to contact Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq did not fructify.

National Conference president Omar Abdullah [Images] will head a coalition government with Congress in the state after his name was approved during his meeting with the Congress high command in Delhi [Images].

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