Mirwaiz Meets Kashmir Village Heads, Asks Them To Quit

17 May 2014
Kashmir Despatch

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday stressed upon the village council heads 'that instead of becoming tools to further political interests of India, they should listen to their conscience and resign'. A high level delegation of Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Association led by their General Secretary Khurshid Ahmad Malik met Mirwaiz and apprised him about the situation in the aftermath of killing of village council members and failure of administration to protect them. Responding to the queries of delegations, Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir people were engaged in the struggle for freedom from many decades, adding, being the members of Kashmir nation, village council members should listen to their conscience and quit. Mirwaiz told the delegates that 'it was highly regrettable that village heads willingly became the part of so called rural election process thereby openly rejecting the political realities of Kashmir'. The APHC chairman stated that the democratic process is meaningful only at a place where people are politically free and enjoy full political rights. He said situation in Kashmir was totally contrary to that where even the basic right to life is denied to people. He told them Kashmir people were engaged in the freedom struggle, adding the Indian system has committed gross human rights violations and killed people in Kashmir. Mirwaiz stated that practically Kashmir was a police state and India was using the so called elections for its own political interests. In this situation, Mirwaiz said that village council election was futile and meaningless.