Municipal polls: Strongly condemn the ‘fresh military operation’ ahead of ‘election drama’, says Hurriyat

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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Thursday strongly denounced the ‘fresh military operation’ ahead of the civic polls commencing from October 8 under which nocturnal raids are being conducted at the residences of resistance leaders, and those arrested under draconian PSA are being lodged outside Kashmir.

Hurriyat, in a statement termed it as highly undemocratic and totally unjustified.

The Hurriyat said fresh arrest spree has also been launched across the length and breadth of south Kashmir aimed  to instill fear and terror among the population.

Hurriyat said ‘whenever election drama was enacted in Kashmir, it brought endless miseries and pain for the people in the form of sudden frisking operations, cordons, and the trouble of every sorts as banking on the military might, youth were arrested and lodged in police stations, massive crackdown was launched on the resistance leaders and huge deployment of forces was made to thrust the polls on people who have already rejected this military exercise.’

The Resistance leaders said despite the fact ‘pro-India regional political parties distanced themselves from the so-called polls after understanding its futility and even though the entire state has been turned into a military fortress and the way reign of terror has been unleashed across the state, stands as an eye opener for the world community.’

“Any sort of polls are meaningless in J&K till the basic and core issue of Kashmir dispute is addressed as per the wishes and aspirations of people by giving them their birth right, the right to self-determination,” the statement said.

Hurriyat added that Kashmir is a dispute and world community especially the United Nations has accepted this reality and now staging an election drama is the only move to dilute the basic nature of the dispute in a bid to be fool the world body.

The Hurriyat said that the main motive behind these polls is to give an impression to the world community that “all was well in Kashmir” while as the fact remains polls are imposed on people under the barrel of gun.

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