Srinagar, October 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that holding of farcical elections in the worst flood-hit territory will only show India’s callous approach towards the miseries of Kashmiri people.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar took strong exception to the eagerness of Indian policymakers and Kashmiri pro-India politicians to hold another election drama in the territory. He said that at a time when the destructive floods had snatched everything from the Kashmiri people, even talking about the farcical elections was sorrowful. The veteran leader said that Indian rulers were more interested in providing the democratic cover to their forced occupation and wanted to give an impression to the international community that everything was normal in the territory. He pointed out that holding of elections in presence of over 750,000 troops was merely a military operation and could not be termed as a democratic process.
India recently sent a team of its Election Commission to occupied Kashmir to assess the ground situation and propose the date for the so-called assembly elections in the territory.
Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, distributing relief material among the flood-hit people in different areas of Srinagar urged the Indian government to rehabilitate the flood affectees at the earliest.
Senior leader of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Maulana Abbas Ansari, addressing a meeting of his party, Ittihadul Muslimeen, in Srinagar demanded lifting of ban on Muharram processions in the territory.
On the other hand, the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory started a sanitation drive in the worst flood-hit Rajbagh area of Srinagar to help people in cleansing their houses and localities.
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