Indo-Pak Affairs

Polls ‘farce’ as per UN declaration: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Terming the ongoing elections in the State as contradictory to United Nations Human Rights Charter, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said India had violated the Charter by conducting elections under the presence of huge number of troops.

APHC (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said massive presence of troops in Srinagar would allow bogus voting. “The polls should be genuine and free but what we are witnessing is huge concentration of troops and imposition of Section 144 to curb people’s movement,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.

Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest for the past two months said polls are invalid under the international laws and regulations as the territory is disputed whose political future is yet to be agreed upon. “Imposing undeclared curfews and simultaneously conducting polls is a big joke and a slap on the so-called Indian democracy,” he said.

Mirwaiz urged people to act on the scheduled program of Coordination Committee (CC), which is spearheading the present peaceful resitance movement in Kashmir, and reach Lal Chowk to display polls are not a solution to Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani said elections in Srinagar are being conducted amidst huge presence of troops to allow bogus voting.

Terming the last phase of assembly polls as final scene of staged Indian drama, Geelani said the huge presence of army in the city would provide cover to pro-India political parties to push workers and hired voters to cast votes. “People of the city are politically conscious and will boycott the staged poll drama but the massive presence of Indian troops in Srinagar suggests that there will be bogus voting,” Geelani said in the statement.

Asserting that right to self determination is the unchallengeable right of Kashmiris, Geelani who is under house urged people to march toward Lal Chowk on December 24.

The Kashmir Coordination Committee spearheading the ongoing movement, reiterated its appeal to the people for boycotting the sham polls.

The CC a conglomerate of pro-freedom parties, traders, lawyers and members of civil society, also urged the people to March to Lal Chowk and move in a procession to the UN office at high security Gupkar. “We appeal people of Srinagar to remain away from the election drama as a gratitude to the lakhs of Kashmiris who sacrificed their lives for resolution of Kashmir dispute according to their aspirations,” a spokesman of CC said. “People of all the district of Kashmir are appealed to move in a procession to Srinagar to foil the election drama which has been staged to suppress the ongoing freedom movement,” he said.

The CC condemned the continuous house arrest of chairman of two factions of Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. -SANA

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