People rejecting ‘sham’ elections tooth and nail: JRL

Srinagar, Oct 13:The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said that “today once again people rejected the forcibly thrust, sham and futile exercise of so-called election as there was a near total boycott of it”.

JRL in a statement issued to GNS said, “People see this delusive cosmetic attempt as another assault on them and hence are resisting it tooth and nail.”

JRL said it is time that Government of India pays heed to the “clear message” from the “rejection” of these elections by the people of Kashmir.

“People of Kashmir have no faith in them. They see this process as a deception played upon them by successive governments in India to hoodwink Indians for electoral gains and to mislead the international community by selling them as people’s verdict in India’s favour,” the leaders said.

“Instead what people of Kashmir want is to get out of the political uncertainty surrounding them for the past 71 years and the resultant distress. They want the resolution of the Kashmir dispute once for all and peace for them and people of South Asia,” they said.

The resolution of the dispute as per internationally accepted norms of conflict resolution is through right to self-determination as was promised to the people, or through negotiated settlement among the stakeholders through dialogue and deliberations, the leadership said adding that people of Kashmir ask Government of India to show humanity and resolve the issue.

JRL said that the policy of military repression by the Indian state has not succeeded either in the resolution of the dispute or in dissuading people of Kashmir from pursuing it. So reason and humanity demands that instead of going for cosmetic and iron handed measures to continue the status quo they should pay heed to the message from the people and resolve the dispute.

Meanwhile, JRL has paid rich tributes to Shabir Ahmad who was killed in an encounter with government forces in Babagund, Pulwama.

“The sacrifices rendered by our youth across the length and breadth of Valley will bear fruit very soon,” JRL said. (GNS)

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