Yasin Malik calls for boycott of Panchayat polls

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Friday reiterated his call for boycott of upcoming Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Addressing a gathering at Bilal Masjid at The Bund in Srinagar, Malik said the election process has always damaged the Kashmir cause,” according to the statement.

“…and these elections have kept the Kashmir dispute away from its settlement,” Malik said.

He said that the boycott of recent municipal polls and the parliamentary elections of 2017 has “frustrated” New Delhi.

“Empty polling booths during the recent polls was a democratic defeat to India. It showed to the world that Kashmir doesn’t want to remain with India,” Malik said.

While taking a dig at Governor Satya Pal Malik, JKLF chief said that he is “acting like a new viceroy”.

“On one hand he (Governor) is trying to demonstrate serenity but on the other hand he and his cabinet has given a free hand to the forces to kill, arrest and injure Kashmiris at will which shows his bias and enmity towards the people of Kashmir,” Malik said in a statement.

The JKLF chairman said that by issuing “ridiculous and naive statements”, Governor can achieve nothing, but is “making himself a political joker”.