Incarcerated separatist leaders reiterate poll boycott call

Srinagar: While appealing for complete boycott of elections, in a joint message from the Kupwara Jail, the Hurriyat conference (JK) leader and chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah, Chairman National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Spokesman Hurriyat Conference (G) Ayaz Akbar, Vice chairman JKLF Sheikh Mohammad Afzal and Adv Bashir Ahmad Bhat, JKLF leader and Deputy Chief organizer Siraj-ud-Din Mir, chairman Muslim Conference Shabir Ahmad Dar, chairman Islamic Political Party Mohammad Yousuf Naqash , Chairman salvation movement Zaffer Akbar Bhat, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders Amir-e-Hamzah and Salman Yousuf ,Mohammad Ismail Mir of Muslim League and general secretary Peoples Freedom League Ghulam Ahmad Parray, said that the holding of election in presence 7.5 lakh army does not have any constitutional or moral credibility.

In an emailed statement, they said, “Instead of Democratic process it is a military operation. These types of elections have neither resolved the Kashmir issue in the past and nor can it change the status and seriousness of this internationally accepted dispute in future also. Kashmiri people are not principally opposed to the democracy, but the imprisonment of hundreds of Hurriyat leaders and activists and thousands of youths in houses, jails and police stations have made this entire process a one sided game and it has eliminated its democratic sprit.”

They challenged that if the pro-freedom leaders are set free from houses and jails and they are allowed to reach to the people with their stand regarding the elections of Kashmir, then the majority of people will boycott the “military operation and they will stay away from casting their votes.”

“The pro-Indian politicians are being given adequate chances for holding elections rallies under heavy security cover and by their miss leading slogans, they are motivating people to cast votes in their favour, while as the pro-freedom are not being allowed to reach to the people and they are being imprisoned in un-democratic and illegal ways. Election drama held under the shadow of gun can’t be turned as referendum and nor can we abele to know the inner of the people of Kashmir by the process,” they claimed.

“India had promised Kashmiris on national as well as international levels that they will be given a chance to decide their future under the independent supervision of international community and decision their after will be respected, but India is still to fulfill these premises and they are trying to mislead the international community regarding the Kashmir issue by holding election drama as a one sided game under the shadow of gun,” the leaders alleged.

They appealed people to respect the blood of martyrs’ of Kashmir and “do not let Indian cruel and wicked policies to succeed.”

“India massacred about six lakh Kashmiris from 1947 till date, 10 thousand people had been subjected to the custodial disappearance and the same number of people had been killed in custody, more than seven thousand unmarked graves had been discovered which are yet to be explained that who are buried in the graves and for what crime they have been killed, 7.5 thousand women had been either molested or gang raped and the molestation of women is being used as war weapon by the Indian army,” they alleged.

“It is our national duty to protect these precious sacrifices and any carelessness in this regard will lengthen on journey of freedom,” they said and explained that no Indian or local pro-Indian parties who are fighting for elections in Kashmir is “lesser evil and none of them can be preferred upon others.”

“BJP is an open enemy not only to the Kashmiris but they are enemies for the whole Muslim community and NC, PDP, PC, state Congress, Communist Party like political parties are agents of India and they are playing extremely harmful and poisons character for the Kashmir cause,” the joint statement reads.

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