In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that deferment of sham by-elections in the territory vindicates that India and its local collaborators have virtually accepted the defeat.
The leadership in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that the total rejection of the election drama by the people of Srinagar constituency and the deferment of its next phase had exposed New Delhi’s own index of treating elections as a gauge of people’s verdict. The leaders said that public meetings would be held in Badgam on Friday to express solidarity with the families of brave-hearts, who were shot dead by Indian troops on Sunday.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Muhammad Yasin Butt addressing public meetings in Badgam and Gandarbal said that the innocent martyrs had written a glorious chapter of the Kashmir’s freedom history.
Deputy Grand Mufti of Kashmir Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam in a statement in Srinagar said that election drama being staged by India was deluded act to mislead the world community.
Kashmir Editors Guild in a statement issued after an emergency meeting in Srinagar took a serious view of the continued snapping of internet service to the media and said that the objective of the ban was aimed at preventing the institution from recording the history of the most crucial period.
Senior Congress leader and former Indian Home Minister, P Chidambaram while talking to reporters in New Delhi said that India was losing Kashmir. He pointed out that the lowest-ever polling turnout and people coming out to chase away poll officers betrayed that there were difficult times ahead in Kashmir. He asked New Delhi to engage with all the stakeholders than adopting a muscular policy on Kashmir.
Former puppet Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah during a live television show said that India would lose Kashmir if it did not find a political solution to the dispute. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also advised the Indian government to immediately start a dialogue with Hurriyet leadership.
The Amritsar-based Sikh political organization, Dal Khalsa in a statement said that India was fighting a lost battle in Kashmir. The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee appealed to all members of Sikh community to celebrate Besakhi in a simple manner to express solidarity with the Muslims over the recent killings in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court while dismissing a plea against Article 370, upheld the validity of the Article that guarantees the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.—KMS