Stay away from elections, Malik tells Kashmiris

SRINAGAR: Describing elections in Kashmir as “instrument of occupation”, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesday asked people to stay away from the poll process.
“The history of Jammu and Kashmir bears witness to the fact that the pro-India elections and assemblies have always been instrumental in snatching our freedom,” Malik said while addressing a rally in Soibugh village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, according to a JKLF statement.
“We all will have to keep away from these Indian elections and voting process,” he added.
The JKLF chief said that “pro-India politicians and parties have always asked for our votes in the name of electricity, water, jobs and roads but have always used this for snatching our freedom, strengthening the clutches of tyranny and oppression on the people of Jammu and Kashmir and for legislating and enactment of black laws here.”
“Therefore taking part in these elections in any name cannot be termed but as worst enmity towards Kashmir and Kashmiris,” Malik said.
He said that from 1930’s, people of Jammu and Kashmir have been striving and sacrificing for the freedom of their nation.
“But from time to time leaders turned robbers betrayed this nation and helped foreign powers to oppress and suppress us and snatch our freedom,” he added.
Malik further said: Although these elections for Assembly or Parliament are fought in the name of electricity, roads, employments and water etc but the fact is that people after being elected have always used this vote to undermine the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir and for nourishing the interests of India.”
Malik said that in 2002, Mufti Mohammad Syeed came with a slogan of heeling touch and self rule.