Kashmir municipal elections: JRL appreciates peoples’ boycott

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik JRL have appreciated people’s rejection and boycott of the “sham ULB elections” being held by GOI in J&K, and the exemplary complete protest shutdown against it.

In a statement, the trio said that the election violated the very definition of the democratic process, making a mockery of it as the identity of the contesting representatives is not known to the public nor the area going to polls. “Secrecy manipulation and bribery are the hallmark of this twisted exercise.”

The JRL said that peoples dismissiveness of this “farcical exercise” which in reality is a “military operation to legitimise Govt of India’s forcible control”, shows people’s unwavering commitment to their struggle for self determination and their political maturity.

Commenting on the statement by India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh that “Kashmir is ours and no power on earth can snatch it from us” JRL said that it exposes both the “occupiers mindset” J&K and their iron hand policy in dealing with its inhabitants, which is highly unfortunate.

“Let it be clear to those arrogant of their military power and unyielding to fundamental human principles, that J&K is an internationally recognised dispute whose resolution is pending before the UN, till people of this land get their right to self determination as guaranteed by the UN including India and Pakistan. JRL said that People of J&K since the past 70 years are engaged in a political struggle to achieve that fundamental political and human right and will continue to do so till the dispute is resolved as per their wishes and aspirations. No power on earth can change that fact and no amount of military repression, coercion and deceit can undo it! Past 70 years of resistance bear testimony to that,” the statement reads.

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