Kashmiris Committed To Freedom Movement: UJC
11 May 2004
News Network International
Muzaffarabad: United Jihad Council (UJC), an alliance of Kashmiri groups has said the successful boycott of polling on the last leg of Lok Sabha elections had once again proved the commitment of the Kashmiris to the freedom movement. 'We congratulate the people of Jammu, Doda and Udhampur for staying away from the farcical exercise in the name of parliamentary elections. Their boycott is yet another clear manifestation of the fact that they are wholeheartedly with the movement and want freedom from Indian subjugation at all costs,' UJC said in a statement issued here by its spokesman Sadaqat Hussain. The alliance also showered appreciation on the government servants and transporters for their 'refusal to bow before the pressure of the administration and become part of election process.' 'The turnout in the election drama staged in the held territory is also makes it clear that no amount of repression can deter the Kashmiris from pursuing their just cause,' the UJC said. The Kashmiris, it asserted, were braving all tests and trials and advancing towards their destination. The alliance also congratulated the fighters for launching fierce attacks and inflicting huge losses on the Indian army during the election exercise. 'This has proved that the Mujahideen are steadfastly combating the occupation forces and there has been no diminution in their determination. Rather it is increasing day by day.' The UJC warned that if India did not take lessons from its 'disgraceful failure' it will face a humiliating retreat in held Kashmir. 'The best option for India is to withdraw its troops from Kashmir and grant right to self determination to the Kashmiris so as to establish lasting peace in this region.'