Elections In IIOJK: A Façade To Perpetuate Military Occupation

Sun May 26 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Elections in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) under military siege are nothing but a façade, according to a report released by Kashmir Media Service on Sunday.

The report argues that India uses sham elections in the occupied territory to maintain its military occupation, presenting a false democratic front.

The report condemns India’s frequent election dramas in IIOJK, claiming they are meant to mislead the international community. These elections are seen as an attempt to divert attention from the ongoing freedom movement in the region. The report emphasizes that the people of Kashmir have sacrificed not for elections but for a United Nations-sanctioned plebiscite to determine their future.

The August 5, 2019, actions by the Modi regime, which revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, are cited as evidence of India’s disregard for the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The report argues that India’s primary aim in holding elections is to strengthen its illegal occupation of IIOJK. However, it insists that these polls cannot change the disputed nature of Kashmir.

The report maintains that elections in IIOJK are intended to give the impression that Kashmiris are tired of the resistance movement, but asserts that the struggle will continue until it reaches its logical conclusion. The people of Kashmir demand their right to self-determination through a plebiscite, as opposed to participating in what the report describes as election dramas.

Report from Kashmir Media Service portrays the elections in IIOJK as a strategic move by India to fortify its occupation, rather than a genuine effort to address the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The call for a UN-sanctioned plebiscite remains central to the Kashmiri resistance movement, with the elections being seen as a superficial attempt to legitimize India’s control over the region.

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