‘Sham polls cannot affect disputed status of JK’
Srinagar, December 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leadership has said that the so-called elections in the territory can neither be a substitute to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination nor can they affect the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement in Srinagar said that the sham polls had no bearing on the Kashmir dispute and they could not undermine the internationally recognized right to self-determination of the Kashmiris.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in his statement said that the sham polls could not change the disputed character of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris would never give up their struggle for freedom from India. He thanked the people for boycotting the polls. He pointed out that Indian Election Commission had exaggerated the polling figures in the territory.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that India had always used the farcical elections to hoodwink the international opinion on the Kashmir dispute. He said that despite many odds people in most of the areas boycotted the polls and held protests against the polling exercise.
Senior leader of Hurriyet Conference Jammu and Kashmir, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in his statement said that the elections held in the territory under the shadow of gun had no credibility.
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, said that the Indian Election Commission exaggerated the voter turnout. She said that majority of the voters preferred poll-boycott.
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