Kashmiris not interested in any elections, Mirwaiz over Panchayat polls
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday called for election boycott, saying that elections announced in Jammu and Kashmir are aimed to dilute the basic nature of Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz while addressing the Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid said that “all elections announced for J&K including local bodies elections and Panchayat polls are nothing but a ‘farce’ and a move to dilute the basic nature of Kashmir dispute.”
He said that people of Kashmir and leadership have already rejected these polls. “People of Kashmir are not interested in any of the elections be it Assembly, parliament, municipal or Panchayat,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that there is only one solution and one slogan: “No election, only self-determination” coined by the Joint Resistance Leadership. The same slogan will be used on all media campaigns as well as on social media to launch an election boycott campaign soon.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz welcomed the recent statement of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Chief Michelle Bachelet that there was no action on the UN report depicting grave rights situation in Kashmir, by New Delhi.
“It has been a long pending demand of the people of Kashmir that the world forums’ wakes up to take notice of the grave human rights situation in Kashmir,” he added.
Mirwaiz expressed his gratitude over the remarks of newly elected UNHRC chief on Jammu and Kashmir supporting the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also expressed his deep anguish over the Govt of India’s response to the statement made by the UNHRC chief on Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said by out rightly rejecting the reports of UNHRC and before that of Amnesty International, and OIC on Kashmir, Govt of India stands exposed and the country’s claim of upholding human rights and values also stand punctured.
“It seems that GoI is not learning any lessons from its mistakes committed since 1947 and continues to remain in a denial mode, GOI is wasting its time, energy and resources, the fact remains that today it’s the fourth generation of Kashmiri people who are on streets demanding their birthright, something the world has already started to acknowledge,” he added.
Mirwaiz said that Kashmir is world’s highest militarized zones and peace won’t prevail till, New Delhi announces measures towards resolution of this issue and it can start with demilitarization, repealing black laws like AFSPA, PSA, DAA, dismantles watch towers and removes bunkers from the civilian population areas.
He said instead of decreasing the footprints of forces, more reinforcements are being sent to Kashmir from various parts of India only to muzzle the voices of people through military might.
Meanwhile, after Friday prayers outside Jamia Masjid a peaceful rally was organized by Hurriyat and AAC activists to protesting the killings of political workers, Hurriyat activists and youth by “unidentified gunmen”, the protestors carrying placards were demanding an end to these target killings.