JRL hails people’s ‘rejection’ of ULB polls

JRL hails people’s ‘rejection’ of ULB polls
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Asks GoI to ‘show wisdom’ by resolving Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has appreciated people’s “rejection and boycott” of ULB elections, and “exemplary” complete protest shutdown against it.
The JRL in a statement issued here said this election has violated the very definition of the democratic process by making a mockery of it as the identity of the contesting public representatives was known neither to public nor the area going to polls.
The leadership said the people’s dismissing of this “farcical” exercise shows their unwavering commitment to their struggle for self-determination and their political maturity.
The people of Kashmir have completely rejected this “fake and discredited” election, the JRL said. “In all other phases of this electoral drama, people will continue to stay away from the farce and will observe protest shutdown in their respective areas on the poll dates.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the statement by Home Minister Rajnath Singh that “Kashmir is ours … no power on earth can snatch it from us”, the JRL said, “It exposes both the occupier mindset of GoI towards J&K and (its) 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 recognised dispute the resolution of which 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,” the leadership said.
“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 bears testimony to (it),” the JRL said. “Like all nations across the globe, Kashmir belongs to only Kashmiris and it is they who will decide its fate and future.”
JRL said that in the best interest of peace and (to put) an end to arms race in the region, the GoI should give up its “arrogant” approach and show wisdom and leadership by accepting reality and work urgently towards the resolution of the (Kashmir) dispute as per justice and humanity.