01 October, 2020

''We Are Against Polls''

Babbar Badr, former chief of the Muslim Janbaz Force, now heads the forum of militants which has initiated the talks in New Delhi. He is happy that the first step has been taken to restore normalcy in the Valley, but does not wish to be seen as a sto

''We Are Against Polls''

People here accuse you of selling out to New Delhi. They call the Delhi meeting a pre-election stunt by the Congress Government to prove it's solving the Kashmir problem. Do you feel you were used?

Let me make it very clear that we are not talking to the Congress Government. We are not the puppets of any party in Delhi. We are talking to the Indian establishment. We did not talk to S.B. Chavan, we talked to the Home Minister and the Home Ministry. Chavan may go but the Home Ministry will remain. So the talks we had will be continued with the new government, whichever it is. As far as being called an agent of India, anybody who goes to Delhi is called an agent. Earlier, they called me an ISI agent. The BJP still calls me that, at least that's what L.K. Advani was quoted as saying.

Do you feel the time is ripe for elections in Kashmir?

We are not for elections. I tell you it will be no more than a drama. There will be no participation, and if there's no participation what's the point in holding polls? We think the polls are a...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section