Polls In Kashmir A Military Exercise, Says JRL

SRINAGAR — Stating that highest per capita military power is being used in Jammu and Kashmir to conduct elections, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday rejected any electoral process as a substitute to right to self-determination and once again made a fervent appeal to the people of Kashmir to observe a complete election boycott to the upcoming municipal and local bodies elections.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik urged the people to rise to the occasion to disprove any Indian writ on the ground in the shape of peoples support.

In a statement, the JRL termed the election as a political gimmick to hoodwink the International community that the people of Kashmir enjoy Indian democracy freely.

“The highest per capita military power used in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to the paramilitary and state police forces to conduct elections, speaks volumes about their civil liberty and other political and social rights of the people.”

The JRL while referring to the election history of the state said that in 1953, when the so-called constituent assembly was created, all the 76 MLA’s were elected unopposed and the people remained aloof from any voting process. The contemporary democratic world is not familiar with this kind of democracy? asked the JRL.

However the JRL reiterated its stand that the people of Kashmir are engaged in a movement for right to self determination for which “we have a huge investment in the shape of lakhs of human lives, billions of worth property and honour, so the participation in any kind of elections is dead impossible”.

The JRL termed the much hyped elections as a bait to lure the pro-Indian politicians acting agents to change the demography and state subject law and to exploit the economic benefits of the state.

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