Lok Sabha By-Elections: Geelani Sets Boycott Call Rolling

SRINAGAR: Urging people of J&K to boycott upcoming by-elections to two Lok Sabha seats, Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani, on Monday said, “it provides Indian leadership opportunity to mislead world community.”

“The few people who vote in election dramas were not only committing an act of treason, their actions were also acting as oxygen for the Indian occupation of Kashmir,” All Parties Hurriyat Conference octogenarian chairperson said in a statement. “It is tantamount to betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs and any sort of participation would prolong our struggle for freedom.”

“Any flaw or any type of support to puppets is misrepresented in international flora by Delhi,” Syed Ali Geelani in a telephonic address to mourners who attended funeral prayers of slain militant in Tral today. “It should serve an eye opener for India and let them realize that they have virtually lost their battle and now enacting election dramas won’t serve any purpose.”

Referring to slain youth, Geelani said, “most of those sacrificing their lives are highly educated and committed with right cause. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safe guard their sacrifices and refrain from such activities which may prove counterproductive for our movement.”

Quoting a couplet from Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s (RA) poem and hailing the sacrifices rendered by youth, he said, “their blood is pious as that of Haram-e-Paak and the people who for pity gains barter this blood are betraying nation and will find nothing hereafter except punishment for their misdeeds.”

Referring to people’s uprising in 2016, Geelani said, “more than hundred (people) lost their lives, twenty thousand were maimed and hundreds blinded. Properties worth billions was ransacked and twenty thousand were detained and despite inflicting loses and mass detentions, India couldn’t suppress our passion of freedom.” “However, people despite all these repressive and arbitrary measures are overwhelmingly exhibiting their valour and passion for freedom.”

While asking India to read “writing on wall”, Geelani further said, “their obstinate approach has yielded nothing, nor they can demoralize spirits of people. Lasting and peaceful resolution is only possible when people are provided the opportunity to express their inner regarding political destiny of state.”

Terming the prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir “explosive”, the 88-year-old Hurriyat Conference chief said, “unrealistic approach of India is prompting our brave hearts to resist and offer their lives.”

“Nobody would like to derive pleasure from human losses,” said Geelani and while referring to present “gloomy” state, he said, “India is in position and can play a key role for solving the vexed issue and for this they need to consider sincere and bold initiatives.”

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