SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said it is time that the Government of India (GoI) pays heed to the “clear message” coming from the “rejection” of the ULB polls by the people of Kashmir.
“Today, once again, people rejected the forcibly thrust, sham and futile exercise of so-called election as there was a near total boycott of it,” the JRL said in a statement. “People see this delusive cosmetic attempt as another assault on them, hence are resisting it tooth and nail.”
“People of Kashmir have no faith in them (elections). They see this process as a deception played upon them by successive governments in India to hoodwink Indians for electoral gains and to mislead the international community by selling them as people’s verdict in India’s favour,” the leadership said.
“Instead what people of Kashmir want is to get out of the political uncertainty surrounding them for the past 71 years,” the JRL said adding that the people want resolution of the Kashmir dispute once and for all, for peace in the state and South Asia.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the resolution of the dispute as per internationally accepted norms of conflict resolution is through right to self-determination as was promised to the people; or through negotiated settlement among the stakeholders through dialogue and deliberations.
The people of Kashmir ask Government of India to show humanity and resolve the issue, the leadership said adding that the policy of military “repression” by New Delhi has succeeded neither in the resolution of the dispute nor in dissuading people of Kashmir from pursuing it.
“So, reason and humanity demands that instead going for cosmetic and iron-handed measures to continue the status quo, they (GoI) should pay heed to the message from the people and resolve the dispute,” the JRL said.
Meanwhile, JRL has paid tributes to Shabir Ahmad who was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Babagund, Pulwama in south Kashmir.
“The sacrifices rendered by our youth will bear fruit very soon,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.