JRL issues protest calendar against sham polls in IOK

Srinagar, October 04, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown on Monday to protest against the enactment of drama being staged by India in the name of municipal and panchayat elections in the territory.

The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar asked people to observe subsequent protest shutdown in their respective areas as per the poll schedule on 10th, 13th and 16th October 2018 to express their resentment against the election ploy.

“As additional forces are being brought to Jammu and Kashmir for the conduct of this election drama, it is clear that this farce is another attempt at coercion and rulers want to shove it down people throats by force, with the backing of lakhs and lakhs of military personnel stationed here and through sections of police force,” the JRL said.

The statement termed it mockery and irony that in this so-called democratic exercise, even the identity of candidates who are supposed to represent public will not be known to the people whom they will represent. The JRL said that as part of Doval doctrine, forcing this exercise on people is one more way of making them pay the price and to break their resolve for standing up against the Indian state for their fundamental right.

“As per Doval doctrine, people cannot sustain resistance beyond a point, so keep the pressure on them by hurling one assault after another, till they break down. So, right after the Article 35-A assault, this bogey was raised,” the JRL said. Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq strongly condemned the arrest of Muhammad Yasin Malik and dozens of Hurriyat activists and youth by the Indian police.

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