Resistance camp decries ‘crackdown’ in poll-bound areas
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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.

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."

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