New Delhi is enacting a drama by holding sham polls in Jammu and Kashmir to mislead the international community, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Monday, and asserted that the ground situation in Kashmir is “very sensitive.”
Addressing a massive gathering at the revered shrine of HazratNaqshband Sahib (RA) at Khawaja Bazar here on the occasion of Khawaja Digar (congregational Asr prayers), Mirwaiz said that right from 1947, Kashmiri people have “never believed in the elections conducted under the barrel of gun.”
“The government of India, instead of accepting the ground realities in Kashmir, continues with its policy of obduracy. Now once again election drama is being enacted to befool the world community that all is well in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said, adding: “The fact is that people have proven that they have no faith in the farce elections. People will continue to reject these polls imposed on them.”
Mirwaiz said the main purpose of holding elections in presence of lakhs of armed forces personnel is to “grant legitimacy to illegal and forcible control of New Delhi over J&K, and to surpass the actual demand of people, which is the right to self-determination.”
The prevailing situation in Kashmir is very grim, fragile and sensitive, he said. “There is an atmosphere of mourning everywhere in Kashmir, especially in the villages in southern and northern Kashmir,” he said. “New Delhi continues to ignore the basic reality and ground situation which can be gauged from the fact that highly educated students are quitting their studies and resorting to armed means of resistance to fight the worst form of oppression.”
Mirwaiz—a key leader of the Joint Resistance Leadership—said New Delhi was entirely responsible for “pushing Kashmir youth, including those pursuing degrees, to the wall.”“Though oppression and atrocities are not new in Kashmir, the height is that now houses are blown up using explosives. Every day there is an encounter and people are shouldering the coffins of young boys,” he said.
He said while on one hand youth are “forced to choose armed means of resistance, some shameless creatures within us are exploiting the situation to realise their petty personal ambitions.” The Mirwaiz, however, didn’t name any party or individual. Referring to martyrs of July 13, 1931, who are laid to rest in the premises of the HazratNaqsbhandSahab (RA) shrine, the Mirwaiz said: “We are indebted to these martyrs. They laid down their lives in 1931 for a cause which is yet to be realised. Since then, thousands of people have offered sacrifices for the same cause.”