We believe in democracy, not the one prevalent in Kashmir: Mirwaiz

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Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar. Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla

Chairman of Hurriyat (M)  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that Hurriyat  believed in democracy but not in the one prevalent in Kashmir.

Addressing gatherers during Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid Mirwaiz said that the elections in Kashmir were a drama, “We believe in democracy but not the one that is prevalent in Kashmir under presence of lakhs of forces who are out to muzzle all democratic rights of people. Meaning of democracy here is military might,”

Adding that Hurriyat was never against elections but holding polls “in presence of lakhs of forces is nothing but a military exercise aimed at damaging Kashmir”

Mirwaiz called  elections as meaningless in presence of “black laws such as  AFSPA and PSA, mass arrests of pro-freedom leaders and the killings of youth”.

He said Hurriyat and the people of Kashmir will participate in elections for right to self-determination as that will pave way for real democracy.

 

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