Elections no substitute to plebiscite, UN resolutions: Er Rasheed » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, November 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Awami Ittehad Party President and former member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, has said that India is again repeating the mistake of polluting sanctity of elections has challenged India to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir if it is true in its claim about people’s participation in the panchayat election drama.

While reacting to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that ballot has won over bullet, Engineer Rasheed said, “Prime Minister Modi should not forget that Kashmiris including militants and pro-resistance leadership are fighting for conducting a bigger democratic exercise by seeking implementation of UN resolutions.”

“It is New Delhi that has been constantly denying the democratic right to people of J&K which it has promised at United Nations. If New Delhi is so jubilant about people’s participation in ongoing Panchayat polls, it must not hesitate from holding a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He said the UN resolutions are crystal clear that conducting elections in any part of Jammu and Kashmir will not affect the disputed nature of Kashmir.

“Finding a relationship between elections and the Kashmir dispute is a mistake as any election process has nothing to do with the Kashmir dispute and one wonders how could Panchayat elections be a replacement of UN resolutions” he asked.

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