Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday that the people of Kashmir were not interested in any election and the Joint Resistance Leadership would soon start a sustained election boycott campaign on social media with only one key slogan— ‘no election, only right to self-determination’.
Umar told the Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid that New Delhi must understand it can no longer woo people through “cheap slogans of sadak, bijli, pani (roads, electricity and water)” as Kashmiris were not interested in any polls—local bodies, panchayat, assembly or parliament.
All elections announced for J&K are nothing but a farce, aimed at diluting the basic nature of Kashmir dispute. The people of Kashmir and the leadership have already rejected these polls,” said Mirwaiz.
The state government will be conducting urban local bodies elections from October 1 and panchayat polls in eight phases from November 8. Three major political parties—NC, PDP and Congress—have announced boycott of the elections citing central government’s ambiguity on Article 35A.
Mirwaiz said rather than curtailing the number of forces, more and more soldiers were being sent to Kashmir “to muzzle the voices of people with military might”.
“Unless New Delhi announces measures to resolve Kashmir issue peace won’t prevail,” he said.
“The process can start with demilitarisation, repealing black laws like AFSPA, PSA, DAA, dismantling of watch towers and removal of bunkers from civilian areas,” he said.
Welcoming United Nations Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet’s statement that there was no action by New Delhi on the UNHRC report depicting grave rights situation in Kashmir, Mirwaiz said it has been a long pending demand of the people of Kashmir that the world forums must wake up to take notice of serious human rights situation in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz expressed his gratitude over the remarks of the newly-elected UNHRC chief on J&K supporting the right of self-determination of the people of the state.
“By out rightly rejecting the reports of UNHRC and that of Amnesty International and OIC on Kashmir, Delhi stands exposed and its claim of upholding human rights and values also stand punctured,” he said.
“It seems the Government of India is not learning any lessons from its mistakes committed since 1947 and continues to remain in a denial mode. This way it is wasting its time, energy and resources.”
Mirwaiz said the world has started to acknowledge the fact that it is the fourth generation of Kashmiris that is demanding their birthright on the streets.
After Friday prayers, a peaceful rally was organized by Hurriyat (M) and AAC activists outside the Jamia Masjid to protest the killings of political workers, Hurriyat activists and the youth by “unidentified gunmen”.
The protesters carrying placards were demanding an end to these “targeted killings”.
Mirwaiz also expressed shock and grief over the death of 15 passengers and injuries to more than 20 during a road accident at Kishtwar in Jammu. He expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.