Mirwaiz Now Says, Stay Away From Polls

‘Vajpayee wanted Kashmir to be addressed outside Indian Constitution’

SRINAGAR: A day after he said Hurriyat Conference has got nothing to do with elections, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq changed his stance and urged people to stay away from the forth coming polls.

Chairman Huriyat Conference (M) told weekly Friday congregation at city’s Grand Mosque that the mainstream parties were working on the diktats of New Delhi and that until India changes its policies vis-à-vis Kashmir, no positive change on ground was expected. 

“In every free country, the election process is the vital part of the democracy but the place where the principles of justice are rubbed under feet- the election process is nothing sans strengthening occupation.”

Maintaining that the elections can never be the substitute to the right to self-determination, Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp has always rejected any election process under the umbrella of Indian constitution. “Huriyat treats elections as fraud and deceit. It rejects this process and urges people to reject and stay away from the futile exercise,” Mirwaiz said in his sermon.

He said the whole  process of elections in the state  is inimical to the very idea of democracy. A place where the basic  human right ,the right to life of the population is trampled upon everyday under the boots of the Armed forces, whose presence makes Kashmir the most militarised zone in the world, what good can elections do in such hostile environment,  Mirwaiz asked.

He said that the only purpose these elections serve is  to consolidate India’s  control over the state  and to hoodwink the international community by projecting them as peoples verdict in favour of India and hence falsely  giving them a character of being some kind of a substitute for the right to self determination guaranteed by the UN, to  the people of Kashmir.

While commenting on the forth coming parliamentary polls , Mirwaiz said that for the people of Kashmir, change of guard is of no significance, what matters is change of policy viz a viz the issue of Kashmir. 

He said Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his tenure asked the people of India to change their traditional mindset and “shed the beaten track” to address the Kashmir issue outside Indian constitution and within the “ambit of humanity “and in this context initiated a dialogue with Pakistan and the leadership of Kashmir. 

Mirwaiz said any party which comes to power in India and emulates this outlook, to resolve the Kashmir issue and initiates serious dialog with Pakistan and the leadership of Kashmir, will be a welcome. 

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