Legislative Assembly Elections 2008
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Their newest report on the latest study tour through Jammu and Kashmir State and on the monitoring mission of the Legislative Assembly Elections 2008, from 04 – 26 December 2008: JAMMU AND KASHMIR – LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2008 – A SUCCESS STORY, 25 word-pages (next published on their website).
- a. This study tour was combined with monitoring the Legislative Assembly elections in J&K State.
- b. In Par 2. you find the results of this monitoring mission.
- c. Being once more in J&K State, I took the occasion to meet the common man in the street, representatives of the J&K State Government, of political parties, of separatist leaders, of different organisations, of social, religious and educational institutions, of the press, etc. in the Valley and in Jammu Region. I also had the opportunity to interact by telephone with people from Ladakh (Districts Kargil and Leh). You find the “highlights” of these meetings in Par. 3.
- d. In Par. 4, you find the conclusions of our Association.
- e. Visit our photo-gallery with unique photographs on this study tour: http://basjak.org
- g. For reports on previous study tours, monitoring mission and photographs: see our website http://basjak.org
- h. I thank all those who helped me to make this study tour possible. All my friends of the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir gave me a valuable and much appreciated moral support throughout this very important study tour (the third one in 2008) and monitoring mission. As usual, they also gave practical and material help where needed.
f. Used abbreviations:
- ASS: Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti = Amarnath Fighting Committee, the committee leading the Amarnath agitation in Jammu Province in summer 2008. For more details: see report of August 2008 on our website.
- APHC-M or APHC-G: All Parties Hurriyat Conference split in two groups: a moderate group under Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and a hard-line group under Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
- BJP: Bhartiya Janata Party, the largest opposition party in India.
- CBM’s: Confidence Building Measures.
- Government of India: GoI.
- Government of Pakistan: GoP.
- ISI: Inter Services Intelligence. Most powerful and omnipresent military intelligence agency in Pakistan.
- KCC: Kashmir Coordination Committee, a committee of dissident leaders formed during the Amarnath agitation.
- LAHDC-K or LAHDC-L: Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council-Kargil or Leh.
- LoC: Line of Control. The line dividing J&K between India and Pakistan.
- LUTF: Ladakh Union Territory Front. A party striving for Union Territory status for Ladakh.
- MLA: Member Legislative Assembly in J&K State.
- NC: National Conference. The largest mainstream party in J&K State.
- NGO: Non-Governmental organisation.
- PDP: People’s Democratic Party. A former coalition partner in J&K State headed by Mehbooba Mufti.
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