Hurriyat Calls For Shutdown On Polling Days


Srinagar: Reiterating the call for boycott of upcoming parliamentary by-election, the troika of ‘Resistance’ leadership Tuesday called for a shutdown on April 9 and 12, in Anantnag and Srinagar constituencies.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq & Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement, said that, “participation in elections, amounts to betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs and disrespect towards those who were deprived of their belongings, lost eyesight and those who while pursuing the mission were molested”.

Calling on people to reaffirm pledge with ongoing movement  (Tajdeed-e-Ahad) on Friday April 7, adopt resolution and organise protest rallies from April 8, the leaders said, “It was prerequisite to follow the mission with same spirit as was witnessed during people’s uprising in year 2016.”

Elaborating leadership said, that we should convey a strong message to world community that Jammu and Kashmir is a political dispute and the ‘election drama’ being staged in the territory by India cannot be an alternative to the right to self-determination for people in Jammu & Kashmir.

They said that, “it is painful to carry and count blood soaked dead bodies of our youngsters & due to these distressing events our household look mourning places. The heartbreaking screams couldn’t move these power-hungry politicians’, they said. These pro-Indian politicians least care about prevailing gloomy situations and their sole aim is to grab power, enjoy perks and they have lost their conscience”, the joint statement read.

“It is their lust for power and follies sponsored by these corroborators, that justifies the enforced occupation”, it added.

 Leaders said that all these parties are ‘exploiting the freedom sentiments of innocent people’. “It was PDP that while displaying their ’Qalam Dawat’ exploited people, now it is NC playing the same card”, said the statement quoting the troika.

 Referring to their rhetoric about development, ‘Sadak, Pani & Bijli’, the leaders said that it was ‘sheer deception’ and India portrays these elections as a ‘consent of people in Indian hegemony’ and issuing ‘misleading statements that people while participating in election have acknowledged state’s accession with India’.

They said that leadership and activists were arrested and put in jails. “We are not being allowed to meet people and now responsibility lies on religious clerics, intellectuals and civil societies to reach people for poll boycott and aware and educate about negative implications of these elections.”

Appealing people in south Kashmir, leadership asked people to remember those who sacrificed their present for our future. We carried their bodies and how can we barter their blood for shame elections, said resistance leaders while addressing people in South.


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