Sikh leader questions credibility of polls in IOK

Srinagar, December 02, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, prominent Sikh leader, Simranjeet Singh Maan questioning the credibility of elections held under the huge military presence and black laws, has said that plebiscite is the only solution to the Kashmir dispute.

Simranjeet Singh Maan, president of the Amritsar-based Shiromani Akali Dal while addressing a press conference in Srinagar said, “We don’t accept these elections are free and fair. These elections are bogus. How can these polls be free and fair amid the huge presence of police and militaries, protected by draconian laws like AFSPA, and the absence of international observers? Plebiscite, not election, is the solution to the Kashmir dispute.”

Maan said that elections and the Kashmir dispute were neither interlinked, as maintained by the Congress and the BJP, nor was an economic problem.

“I don’t understand why the Congress and the BJP think that Kashmir is an economic problem. This is not an economic problem, but a political problem,” he said, adding “Sonia Gandhi came here and promised that rice will be given for Rs1 per kilo and wheat Rs 2, but Kashmir’s dispute is not about food grains. Kashmiris can’t quench their thirst for freedom with rice and wheat.”

He said that a dangerous trend was emerging in Kashmir and Punjab, where India was mulling to create settlements. New Delhi, he said, is following the footsteps of Israel.

“I can see Israeli branches in Kashmir and Punjab. Israeli army generals are frequent visitors to these two places. In Kashmir, the administration wants to build colonies for Pandits on the pattern of Jewish settlements in Palestine. This is a serious issue,” he said.

Urging people to boycott Narendra Modi during his scheduled visit to Valley next week, Maan said the Indian Prime Minister was responsible for the massacre and displacement of minorities in Gujarat.

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