Mirwaiz asks people to stay away from Kashmir election
31 October, 2014
SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called election as a futile exercise in the Indian-held Jammu Kashmir and urged people to stay away from the exercise.
"It is unfortunate that polls were announced at the time when Kashmir is crying for help after the devastating floods," he said. "The announcement vindicates our stand that India wants to divert attention of world community from the ground crises in Kashmir," he said.
Now, all focus would be shifted to the election process with the flood victims again left to suffer, he said, adding this was unfortunate that such process has again been initiated that has yielded nothing for the people of the state.
He also slammed India for blocking international aid to flood-hit Kashmir, saying the approach adopted proves its mindset towards Kashmiri victims. India's Election Commission had decided to go ahead with farcical assembly polls in flood-devastated state and announced a five-phased schedule between November 23 and December 20.