JRL calls for election boycott

Srinagar, Sep 17: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik while rejecting any electoral process as a substitute to right to self-determination has made a fervent appeal to people to completely boycott the upcoming municipal and local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

JRL in a statement issued to GNS termed the election “drama” as a “political gimmick” to hoodwink the international community that the people of Kashmir enjoy Indian democracy freely.

“The highest 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 leadership said.

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 MLAs were elected unopposed and the people remained aloof from any voting process. The contemporary democratic world is not familiar with this kind of democracy”.

“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 650000 human lives, property and honour, so the participation in any kind of elections is impossible,” JRL said.

The leaders termed the elections as a “bait” to lure the pro-India politicians to change the demography and state subject law and to exploit the economic benefits of the state.

The JRL also paid rich tributes to Imam Hussain (RA), and termed his sacrifices as a symbol of bravery to fight tyranny and subjugation. “He taught us to differentiate between right and wrong and stand by the right, come what may,” the leaders said.

The JRL appealed for maintaining the unity and brotherhood at any cost “at the critical juncture of our history when the occupation forces and other elements with sinister designs are hell bent to drive a wedge in the sectarian harmony under the imperial method of Divide and Rule”.

The leadership also appealed the learned ulamas belonging to Shia and Sunni schools of thought, to shoulder their responsibilities to maintain unity and brotherhood at all levels. (GNS) 

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