Resistance camp decries ‘crackdown’ in poll-bound areas
Kashmir's joint resistance leadership—Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik—on Thursday criticized the government for "staging an election drama" in poll-bound areas of Kashmir "amidst crackdown and deployment of heavy contingent of forces."
In a statement, the leaders while lashing out at the state administration, said: "Authorities are deliberately adding fuel to fire and vitiating prevailing disturbance (sic). Re-poling in Budgam and rescheduling polls in Anantnag (Islamabad) constituency is just to affect the routine life and school education," the leaders said.
"In poll-bound areas of Budgam, police launched a crackdown against youth and created panic, but the election drama once again proved a flop show," they said. "We ask New Delhi and its henchmen to stop these flop shows as these foolish moves are proving a nuisance and a reason for continuous bloodshed. Authorities should accept reality and shun their egoistic approach. Right to self-determination is a viable and acceptable solution to vexed problem that will pave way for political stability in the region."
They welcomed the statement of Anjumam-e-Shar-e-Shiyaan and said that proposed people's congregation in Budgam "will send a unity message and participants will offer their tributes to martyrs."