SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8, Monday, to protest against the commencement of municipal and Panchayat elections.
JRL in a statement asked people to observe subsequent protest shutdown in their own respective areas as per the poll schedule on 10th, 13th and 16th October 2018 respectively and show their “complete disassociation and resentment” against it.
“As additional forces are being brought in to J&K for the conduct of this election drama, it is clear that this farce is another attempt at coercion and rulers want to shove it down people throats by force, with the backing of lakhs and lakhs of military forces stationed here and through sections of police force,” Geelani and Mirwaiz said.
“This electoral drama is another form of subjugation. It conveys that even if entire people of Kashmir are against it and even if pro-India regional parties boycott it, (the Government of India) GoI is the command and control in Kashmir and has the power and force to conduct them without caring about its credibility or effectiveness,” they added.
The leaders termed it mockery and irony that “in this so-called democratic exercise, even the identity of candidates who are supposed to represent public will not be known to the (people) whom they will represent”.
JRL said that as part of Doval Doctrine followed by the GoI, forcing this exercise on people is one more way of making them pay the price and to break their resolve for standing up against the state for their fundamental right.
“As per Doval (Doctrine), people cannot sustain resistance beyond a point, so keep the pressure on them by hurling one assault after another, till they break down. So, right after the 35-A assault, this bogey was raised,” the leaders said.
JRL said GoI may befool the people of India, but the people of Kashmir know that any kind of participation in these “machinations” by New Delhi is betrayal with their “supreme struggle” of self-determination which “sooner than later will succeed”.
Meanwhile, Geelani and Mirwaiz strongly condemned the “arbitrary” arrest of another JRL leader and JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, and “dozens of Hurriyat activists and youth and raids on their homes”.
“Those in power should, by now, realise that incarcerations,, intimidation and fear is a deterrent neither for leadership nor for people,” they said.