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Elections violated definition of democratic process: JRL

Elections violated definition of democratic process: JRL
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Says representatives not known to public

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday appreciated people’s rejection and boycott of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections in J&K and the exemplary complete protest shutdown against it.
According to a statement issued here, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that “this election has violated the very definition of the democratic process, making a mockery of it as the identity of the contesting public representatives is not known to the public nor the area going to polls”
“Peoples rejection of this exercise which in reality is an operation to legitimize authorities control over Jammu and Kashmir shows people’s unwavering commitment to their struggle for self determination and their political maturity,” JRL said.
The trio said that people of Kashmir have completely rejected what they termed as “fake and discredited” election where the identity of candidates is clueless.
The leadership said that in all other phases of this electoral, people will continue to stay away from the exercise and will observe protest shutdown in their respective areas on the poll dates.
Commenting on the statement by Home Minister Rajnath Singh that “Kashmir is ours … no power on earth can snatch it from us”, JRL said that “it exposes the mindset of GOI towards J&K and their iron hand policy in dealing with its inhabitants, which is highly unfortunate.”
“Let it be clear to those arrogant of their military power and unyielding to fundamental human principles that J&K is an internationally recognized dispute whose resolution is pending before the UN, till people of this land get their right to self determination as guaranteed by the UN including India and Pakistan,” JRL said.
The trio said that people of J&K since the past 70 years are engaged in a political struggle to achieve that fundamental political and human right and will continue to do so till the dispute is resolved as per their wishes and aspirations.
“No power on earth can change that fact and no amount of military repression, coercion and deceit can undo it. Past 70 years of resistance bear testimony to that,” they said.
JRL said that Kashmir only belongs to Kashmiri’s and it is they who will decide its fate and future.
“Human history clearly shows that the power of the will and determination of a people based on fundamental principle of truth and justice always out weights forcible control based on sheer might and propaganda,” the trio added.
JRL said people of J&K firm on their resolve, will also be vindicated one day. They reiterated that in the best interest of peace for people and an end to arms race in the region, GOI should give up its rigid approach and show wisdom and leadership by accepting the reality and work urgently towards the resolution of the dispute as per justice and humanity.

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