JRL holds meeting, appeals for local bodies election boycott


Srinagar:Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Monday held a “crucial” meeting at Hyderpora, a statement said.The leadership commended people on their “steadfastness and unity” in strongly opposing the tinkering with hereditary state subject law being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court by anti Kashmir agencies and organizations. They said people of J&K have always stood up and resisted every move of occupation and subjugation thrust upon them.JRL said “It speaks volumes about the courage and character of the Kashmir nation that despite all out assaults by the Indian state with the assistance of local collaborators; NC, PDP and all others through extreme repression propaganda and subversion this small nation is firmly and consistently engaged in the pursuit of its goal; the fundamental right to decide its destiny, the Right to self-determination.”Leadership said that Kashmiri’s continuously bear the brunt of daily crackdowns by eight lakh Indian forces stationed in nook and corner of the state especially the valley, in the form of killings incarceration harassment and repression. “Each day a new assault is launched against us, to pin us down and tire us out,” they said.“People of Kashmir know too well that when it comes to J&K all power rests with New Delhi and all decisions flow from there. So much so that, in 70 years since 1947 J&K is a colony ruled by India. Each so called election that has been held here from panchayat to Indian parliament has only been a means to further strengthened that power centre,” they said.“Any participation in them (elections) is propagated as people’s verdict in favour of India and hence they are used as a means to dilute J&K disputed status and undo the holding of a referendum as promised by India at the UN. These so called elections only bring prosperity to an opportunist class of people whom India has patronized in Kashmir like snakes being fed milk, while selling these so called elections to the people of India and the world as an endorsement by the people of J&K to Indian rule.”“New Delhi has never believed in empowering the people of J&K or the institutions here, for it knows that it’s connect with the state is neither legitimate nor moral but an outcome of manipulation’s and broken promises,” JRL said.JRL said that leadership wants to convey to GoI the loud and clear message by the people of Kashmir that “they boycott any kind of participation in elections and instead only demand Right to self determination.”