Resistance leadership should debate relevance of polls: Salahuddin

Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen supremo and United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin Thursday urged the pro-freedom camp to unanimously decide on whether elections were an issue or a non-issue.
In a telephonic interview with a local news agency KNS, the UJC chief asked the pro-freedom leadership to “hold serious deliberations and discussions on the relevance of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“There are two opinions within the pro-freedom camp on elections in Jammu and Kashmir. For one group it is an issue while for another it is a non-issue. Both the arguments are being supported by the reasons and logic thereof. It has created confusion within the minds of the people and same has to end without any delay,” he said.
“As far as the militant leadership is concerned, we believe that participation in the electoral fray means betrayal with the sacrifices and the resistance movement of Kashmiris. At the same time whatever the decision is taken by the Hurriyat over the issue we will abide by the same,” he said.
The Hizb chief maintained that polls held in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be a substitute to plebiscite and those who have voted in the recent polls have themselves asserted that they have not cast their votes against the resistance movement of Kashmir.
“People voted for day-to-day issues and have categorically said that their vote was not against the Kashmir freedom movement and that they want to end their local problems by voting,” the UJC chief said, adding that he would again appeal the people of Jammu and Kashmir not to participate in the election process in any way.