Joint Resistance Leadership on Saturday said that people once again rejected the “forcibly thrust, sham and futile exercise of so called election” as there was a near total boycott of it. “People see this delusive cosmetic attempt as another assault on them and hence are resisting it tooth and nail,” said JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here.
JRL said “it’s time government of India pay heed to the clear message emanating 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.”
“What people of Kashmir want is to get out of the political uncertainty surrounding them for the past 71 years and the resultant distress .The killings and repression. The everyday pain of shouldering the coffins of our educated and budding youth. They want the resolution of the Kashmir dispute once for all and peace for them and people of South Asia. 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 that people of Kashmir ask Government of India to show ethicality and humanity and resolve the issue.
The 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, a complete shutdown was observed in poll-bound areas of Kashmir valley on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership.
JRL has called for election boycott and shutdown in poll bound areas in phase-III of Municipal Polls.