SRINAGAR: Both mainstream and separatist leaders have hailed people for their courage to their respective calls for and against the participation in the elections on Wednesday.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani thanked the people for successful and complete election boycott in central Kashmir despite lot of curbs, restrictions and autocracies by the Indian forces and for complete and statewide shutdown in the remembrance of the slain militants of Shopian.
According to a statement while congratulating the people of central Kashmir for their successful election boycott, Geelani said that the people of central Kashmir showed a lot of courage and boldness and despite tremendous pressure, arrests, autocracies, search and harassment by the Indian forces, they showed mirror to the Indian rulers and their agents in Kashmir that Kashmiris want complete freedom from Indian oppression not election. By rejecting the election drama, people of Central Kashmir have paid their best homage to the martyrs and tremendous sacrifices of the nation.
Geelani said that the courage, braveness and boldness shown by the people have made our resolve firmer in the fight against the powerful and wicked oppressor. Geelani said that we are fully aware about the present situation through which our nation is passing. The police stations and jails are filled with pro-freedom leaders, activists and common youths, especially students.
The family members of the pro-freedom people and the parents of youth are harassed and abused in police stations. We know that what kind of cruelty and autocracy is lashed out on the common people of Kashmir especially youth. The Indian rulers with state administration have entirely choked the political space of Kashmiris and we are arrested, detained and tortured for raising the peaceful voice against the inhuman and undemocratic policies of the government. It is a worst kind of state-terrorism.
The pro-freedom leader said that though from last many years I am in continuous detention, but my heart is beating in the every youth, who is standing as a wall in the way of Indian rulers and their puppet politicians in Kashmir. Geelani said that I am every time praying to Almighty Allah for the safety of our youth and for freedom from the cruel clutches of India. He said that the people of Kashmir have once again voted against India and its policies, despite the use of force of entire military might, India cant stop Kashmiris from boycotting the so-called parliamentary election.
This show of people have really encouraged us and made our resolve firmer and stronger. Geelani said that the Indian politicians should accept this ground reality that the people of Kashmir are totally against the forced occupation of India and this is the reason that the people stayed away from the election drama despite the use of brutal force. They will not allow anybody to harm the sacred cause. We want to make it clear that the right to self-determination is the only solution of the Kashmir dispute and no other election or selection process is any alternative to that.
While terming the poll percentage in Srinagar as an eye opener for the international community, the UJC chief Syed Sallahudin Wednesday stated that some Mir Jafer and Mir Sadiq are hell bent upon changing the direction of the ongoing resistance movement in Kashmir.
While congratulating the people and the pro-freedom leaders for making the boycott a success, the UJC chief stated that despite the atrocities, arrests and use of force on People, Kashmiris have failed the Election drama on ground.
In a statement by UJC spokesman Syed Sadaqat Husain, the Hizb Supremo and UJC chief Syed Sallahuddin while addressing a high level convention of the amalgam stated that the need of the hour is that India must read the writing on the wall and an established fact that the people of Kashmir are fighting for their dignity and honour since 1947. He added that unfortunately some people as Mir Sadiq and Mir Jafer are hell bent upon changing the discourse of the ongoing movement but they will not succeed in their attempts. Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been placed under house arrest since morning, has applauded the people of Central Kashmir and Srinagar for once again rejecting the so-called polls and showing complete commitment towards the freedom struggle. Despite the state sponsored oppression and presence of huge army on the ground, Mirwaiz said the way Kashmiris have shown courage and resolve was a matter of pride.
According to a statement while thanking the people for rejecting polls, Hurriyat (M) chairman said the same futile process would once again be repeated in Baramulla on May 7, which will meet the same fate, as people there would also show resolve towards the movement by staying away from polling booths. Mirwaiz said no electoral process in Kashmir can be substitute for the right to self determination, adding, the time has come that Indian leadership should stop staging the election drama in Kashmir and instead accept the reality and take meaningful steps to solve the Kashmir issue.
Senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir Shabir Ahmad Shah, who is arrest in police station Rajabagh, has congratulated the people of central Kashmir for boycotting the parliamentary elections. Despite the arrest of more than 2000 youth and pro-Hurriyat people, the way they boycotted the sham elections is commendable, Shah said in his congratulatory message .
Shah said the hearts of pro-Hurriyat people of central Kashmir is filled with the spirit of freedom and they proved it by boycotting the so-called elections. They (people of central Kashmir) gave a clear message to the world that the people of Kashmir want nothing less than freedom from Indian forcible occupation. They (people) made it clear that no so-called election drama or any third solution except complete freedom is acceptable to Kashmiris, Shah said while applauding the people of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam.
Shah said that the election boycott campaign run by Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir had frustrated the pro-India elements, who, in turn started crack down on the leaders and activists of the amalgam and put them behind bars. He said the people are well aware of the realities and cannot be exploited by such elements. Reiterating the appeal of boycotting the sham elections on May 7, Shah said the figures shown by government are totally misleading and people showed to India what they want.
The people gave befitting reply to India despite so many pressures and sent a clear message to them that world community cannot be misled by conducting such election dramas and that the people of Kashmir want the Kashmir issue to be resolved by the implementation of UN resolutions or through the tripartite dialogue, Shah added.
Appreciating the role of administration and police in ensuring a congenial atmosphere for a peaceful polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today thanked the people for having voted for a change in the state. According to a statement the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said a new chapter in the history of the state would be opened on May 16th when results of these elections are announced.
Mehbooba said it was satisfying that after the sponsored disturbances in South Kashmir to enforce a selective boycott, the conduct of elections were better managed in Central Kashmir districts. She said with people's support PDP would strive to carry forward its mission of taking the state out of its problems. She expressed confidence that with an anticipated win of PDP in all the three parliamentary seats of the valley Kashmir would enter an entirely new era of peace, justice and development. The candidate for Srinagar parliamentary constituency Tariq Hameed Qarra has also thanked the people of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts for coming out to vote for strengthening the democratic system.
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