Elections in Kashmir futile unless democracy restored: Sehrai

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SRINAGAR: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Monday said elections in Kashmir are futile unless democracy is restored and allowed to flourish in real sense.
The democratic process of India was hardly allowed a full play as it crossed Lakhanpur entry point of J&K, Sehrai said in a statement issued here.
He said holding elections has no meaning in a place where all basic human, democratic and political rights of people are trampled through military might.
“We have a huge investment in the shape of lakhs of human lives, property worth billions and honour for our political birth right. Any electoral process cannot be a substitute to right to self-determination,” he said.
“Holding elections in such a place where democracy itself is the biggest casualty, India uses this futile exercise as a means to dilute Jammu and Kashmir’s disputed status and to undo the holding of a referendum as promised at the United Nations,” Sehrai said.
“We believe in democracy but not the one prevailing in Kashmir under presence of lakhs of forces who are out to muzzle all democratic rights of people. Here the meaning of democracy is military might,” the TeH chairman said.