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Polls meaningless till core issue of Kashmir dispute is addressed: Hurriyat (M)

Kashmiri leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addresses journalists at a press conference in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The key separatist leader Farooq on Tuesday announced that he and his supporters will march to the grand mosque in the main city of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 inspite of an expected security clampdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Srinagar, Oct 04: Hurriyat (M) on Thursday said that any sort polls are meaningless in J&K till the basic and core issue of Kashmir dispute is addressed as per the wishes and aspirations of people by giving them their birth right, the right to self-determination.
“Kashmir is a dispute and world community especially the United Nations has accepted this reality and now staging election drama is the only move to dilute the basic nature of the dispute in a bid to befool the world body,” Hurriyat said in a statement.
Hurriyat said that the main motive behind these polls is to give an impression to the world community that “all was well in Kashmir” while as the fact remains polls are imposed on people under the barrel of gun.
Hurriyat Conference (M) said that these measures can’t change the basic nature of the dispute and that resistance leadership can’t be forced into submission by building ultimate pressure on them.
Hurriyat Conference (M) strongly denouncing the fresh military operation ahead of the civic polls commencing from October 8 under which nocturnal raids are being conducted at the residences of resistance leaders, and those arrested under draconian PSA lodged outside Kashmir, termed it as highly undemocratic and totally unjustified.
In a statement issued, Hurriyat Conference (M) said fresh arrest spree has also been launched across the length and breadth of south Kashmir aimed at to instill fear and terror among the population.
Hurriyat (M) said whenever election drama was enacted in Kashmir, it brought endless miseries and pain for the people in the form of sudden frisking operations, cordons, and the trouble of every sorts as banking on the military might, youth were arrested and lodged in police stations, massive crackdown was launched on the resistance leaders and huge deployment of forces was made to thrust the polls on people who have already rejected this military exercise.
Hurriyat Conference (M) said despite the fact pro-India regional political parties distanced themselves from the so-called polls after understanding its futility and even though the entire state has been turned into a military fortress and the way reign of terror has been unleashed across the State stands as an eye opener for the world community.