Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said on Friday the mass boycott by the people of Kashmir of civic polls has “unnerved” New Delhi. He urged people to stay away from every electoral process because participation in polls “prolongs the resolution of Kashmir issue”.
Addressing people at Masjid-e-Bilal at The Bund, Abi Guzar, Malik lashed out at some “educated people” for taking to social networking sites to discuss whether National Conference was better than PDP or Congress was an alternative. He said that these people have been tasked with “diverting people’s attention”.
“When the goal is clear why debate which party should rule. Aren’t all these parties responsible for bringing the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act here? Isn’t Omar Abdullah responsible for 126 killings in 2010? Don’t you remember PDP chief’s remarks in 2016 that ‘did the children go near forces camps for toffee or milk? This party or that party hardly matters for us,” Malik said.
He also announced that the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) was not a mute spectator to the “ongoing ultimate form of repression inflicted upon people in villages across Kashmir” but was in contact with all stakeholders on a mass scale to build a collective response to the “reign of terror”.
Malik said that ever since elections have been held in Kashmir, the government of India has been projecting the participation of people as a referendum in its favour before the world community.
“That is the main reason Kashmir issue is craving a solution for the past more than 70 years. People’s participation in every election was projected in a way that all is well in Kashmir and people were showing their faith in the democracy,” Malik said.
“The international community too believed that the people of Kashmir were satisfied with the Delhi-led government. The fact is that the actual ground situation was never put before the world community so the people continued to suffer and Kashmir issue remained unresolved,” he added.
The JKLF chief said that since 1947 Kashmiris lost four generations to the ongoing conflict that has taken serious toll on every segment of the society. “Everybody has suffered, our women, children, business community, tourism and what not,” he said.
“People should realise that their participation in any sort of polls justifies Delhi’s forcible control on Kashmir. Don’t you remember how 2002 polls were put forth before the world community by the then prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee?”
Every vote cast by a Kashmiri, Malik said, amounts to “selling the conscience and the blood of the youths whose coffins are shouldered every day.”“Today the highest ever level of terror is being inflicted on the people of Kashmir especially in the villages. Women are shown tremendous disrespect, youth are tortured and the elderly booked and beaten,” he said.
“On the one hand people are offering supreme sacrifices and on the other, elections are imposed on us. I am telling you with full authority that it is because of people’s participation in elections that Kashmir issue has remained unresolved so far.”
He said the mass boycott by the people in recently concluded urban local body polls “triggered frustration in the power corridors in New Delhi”.“The message of boycott also woke up the international community that started taking note of grave human rights situation in Kashmir. Now if we vote, all goes in vain,” Malik said and asked people to boycott the upcoming panchayat polls.
Stating that the JRL comprising himself, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar was fully aware of the ground situation in Kashmir, Malik said: “We are in consultation with the every segment and stakeholders and will come out with a collective response to the oppression unleashed in villages. We will not be mute spectators on the ultimate atrocities in every village.”Meanwhile, on the call of JRL, JKLF activists staged a peaceful protest at Maisuma and Sarai Bala against the frequent cordon and search operations, killings, arrest spree and nocturnal raids across Kashmir