If participation in elections is a democratic right then boycotting these is also a democratic right. Spree of arrests and other anti-democratic measures taken by authorities is a glaring example of these elections being bogus and absurd. This was stated by the incarcerated chairman of JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing military operation in the name of Municipality and Panchayat elections in Jammu Kashmir. On JRL program various JKLF leaders and activists visited many areas and urged people to stay away from so-called elections. JKLF leaders and activists also staged a peaceful demonstration against this bogus process at Lal Chowk Srinagar.
On JRL program, Leaders and activists today staged a peaceful demonstration against so-called elections. JKLF leaders and activists along with people from other walks of life gathered at Madina Chowk Lal Chowk and staged peaceful demonstrations against upcoming Municipal and Panchayat elections. Holding placards in hands and raising passionate slogans, protesters sat on a sit-in that was addressed by zonal General Secretary Sheikh Abdul Rashid. Others who participated in protest included Muhammad Sideeq shah, Mushtaq ahmad khan, professor Javed, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Muhammad Hanif Dar, Meraj ud din Parray and others. Many other leaders and activists also visited many other areas of valley, addressed gatherings and urged people to stay away from upcoming Municipal and Panchayat elections. JRL appeal to Boycott upcoming elections was delivered at Markazi Jamia Ahlihadith GawKadal ,Noor Muhammad Parwani Masjid Basant Bagh, Iqra Masjid Saraibala, Jamia Masjid Abi- Guzar, Masjid Bilal the Bund, Masjid Imam-I-Zaman the Bund, Masjid Samandar bagh, Haji Masjid Maisuma, Masjid Sharif Bund Maisuma, Masjid Amir Hamza Kokerbazar, Masjid Gousia Sarai Bala, Masjid Sharif Goni-Khan, Jamia Masjid Buchpora, Masjid Umarhair, Masjid Ilahibagh, Masjid Jamia Khan Sahib Budgam, Jamia Arhiel Wayel, Masjid Pathanpora Budgam and many other places. It is pertinent to mention that JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik is in police custody from last many days while as police have last night arrested JKLF district President Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) from his residence. JKLF leaders Siraj ud din Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Abdul Rashid Magloo and Assadullah Sheikh are already languishing in jail under PSA while as another leader Sheikh Nazir Ahmad sentenced to life is also in Kotbalwal jail.
Meanwhile in his message from incarceration, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said that if participation in elections is a democratic right then boycotting these is also a democratic right. He said that on one hand rulers are boasting about upholding democracy but on the other hand a spree of arrests and other anti-democratic measures have been started by authorities that is a glaring example of these elections being bogus, absurd and undemocratic. JKLF chairman said that a military and police operation has been launched in Jammu Kashmir under the garb of Municipality and Panchayat elections. Many leaders and activists from joint resistance leadership have been arrested, slapped with PSA and shifted to jails outside Kashmir. In addition thousands of youth from every nook and corner of Kashmir have also been detained and are languishing in jails and police stations across the valley. JKLF chairman said that police and military operation is being named as empowering common masses and strengthening of democracy which is actually ridiculous and absurd.
Terming election under Indian occupation as harmful to the cause and interests of the people of Jammu Kashmir, JKLF chairman said that Indian has always portrayed these elections as being a vote in favor of its illegal occupation on Kashmir. This election process, be it for assembly, Indian parliament, municipality or Panchayats is actually responsible for our miseries as assemblies and forums created by this process formulate and implement laws to put curbs on people, inflict more and more suffering on them and extend our slavery. He said that election process is responsible for strengthening the military occupation, providing Military and forces huge powers to kill, jail, torture and blind people with impunity. He said that all who participate or vote in these elections are actually damaging the interests of Kashmiris and playing as collaborators of India and it is the duty of every Kashmiri to stand firm against aggression, stay away from this process and boycott these elections with passion and valor. While condemning the ongoing and unrelenting oppression in Kashmir, JKLF chairman said that innocent killings are going on, beating and humiliating people under the garb of CASO has been expedited, use of black law PSA to cage down political dissent is at its peak and yet oppressors claim to be political and democrats. Irony is that oppression is going on in the name of democracy, suppressing peoples voices is on in the name of empowering people through municipality and Panchayats, added JKLF chairman. This actually is state terrorism under the garb of democracy and the perpetuators of this ugly politics shall know that their political gimmicks and two-faced acts cannot change the reality on ground and will never succeed in weakening people’s resistance against illegal occupation in Jammu Kashmir.