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Kashmiris facing the brunt of 1987 election rigging, corrupt governments that followed: Abdul Gani Vakil

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Srinagar, July 22: Peoples Conference senior vice president and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil asserted that Kashmiris are facing the brunt of the rigged elections in 1987 resulting in eruption of militancy.

While addressing a gathering of party workers at Ferozpora and Zurhama, Vakil said that the reason for political turmoil in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is because governments have been formed on the basis of fooling our own people and rigging the democratic process of elections.

“The blatant rigging of 1987 resulted in eruption of militancy and the subsequent bloodshed in Kashmir. Till this day we are facing the brunt of the murder of democracy the National Conference committed to satiate its lust for power. The stealing of mandate pushed many to the other side of politics – Yusuf Shah became Syed Salah-ud-din, Syed Ali Shah Geelani became the face of separatism and common ground was lost by the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir. For things to change and peace to return to valley, the culprits of 1987 must be held accountable for murdering democracy in the Valley”, he said.

Vakil further said that the current situation of our developmental backwardness is a result of corrupt politics of NC & PDP and that we must gather our thoughts and action together to put an end to our economical misery.

Vakil said that Peoples Conference will aim to give a sense of economic and social security to our people who have suffered at the hands of previous governments

“Our emotion stands strong for the welfare of our own people, we don’t want to come in power for greed and corruption but we want to be fairly elected to power for re-structuring the corrupt and underdeveloped state of affairs as well as end the economical turmoil we are living in”, he added

While condemning the statement of Governor Satya Pal Malik in which he said that the militants should target corrupt politicians, Vakil said that “While the party supports Governor Satya Pal Malik’s drive to eradicate corruption, his utterances are absolutely irresponsible and unbecoming of any head of the state”, he added.

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