No election, only self-determination, says Joint Resistance, calls for boycott of polls

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‘Elections enforced on us under garb of lapse of funds, identity assaulted through judicial route’

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik during a crucial meeting at Hyderpora urged people to boycott the upcoming municipal elections with the spirit of denying recognition to National Conference, PDP and other mainstream political parties who, they said, are collaborating with Government of India just to “strengthen the roots of occupation” in Jammu and Kashmir.

JRL commended people on their steadfastness and unity in strongly opposing the tinkering with hereditary state subject law being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court by anti Kashmir agencies and organisations. They said people of J&K have always stood up and resisted every move of occupation and subjugation thrust upon them.

JRL said that it speaks volumes about the courage and character of the Kashmir nation that despite all out assaults by the Indian state with the assistance of local collaborators; NC, PDP and all others through extreme repression propaganda and subversion this small nation is firmly and consistently engaged in the pursuit of its goal; the fundamental right to decide its destiny, the Right to self-determination.

“The heart rendering sacrifices and resistance being offered by a people young and old men women and children especially during the last 30 years is our asset and guiding light that we can never betray. They said that the followers of Chanakya are using all means and methods in the book to maintain their authority and forcibly rule over us.”

JRL said that Kashmiris continuously bear the brunt of daily crackdowns by eight lakh Indian forces stationed in every nook and corner of the state especially the valley, in the form of killings incarceration harassment and repression. Each day a new assault is launched against us, to pin us down and tire us out.

“Lately we are being threatened through the judicial route where our very identity and disputed status is being put at stake by proposing to alter the demography of our state. While the Damocles sword is kept hanging over us on this issue, they now want to thrust and enforce panchayat and municipal elections upon us through additional deployment of lakhs of forces under the pretext of lapse of developmental funds.”

JRL said that it can’t get more ironic.

They said that surely GOI is not so gullible as to think that despite all the physical and psychological pain and trauma that they inflict on people of Kashmir any Kashmiri will buy their “lapse of funds for development” argument and willingly participate in this act of manipulation and deceit.

“These enforced elections are nothing but another assault on people to harass them and cause them further inconvenience and agony. Quoting a former panchayat chairman who told a newspaper” they (GOI)only want to hoodwink the world by claiming that Kashmiris have faith in democratic institutions…It hardly matters for them if people get killed in the process.”

JRL said that leadership wants to convey to GOI the loud and clear message by the people of Kashmir that they boycott any kind of participation in elections and instead only demand the right to self determination.


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