‘Hizb election boycott’ posters surface in south Kashmir

‘Hizb election boycott’ posters surface in south Kashmir

By Raashid Hassan 
Shopian: Posters bearing the seal of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s district commander and calling for a boycott of the upcoming parliamentary and panchayat elections were found pasted in several villages of Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts on Thursday.
The posters asked people to not betray the blood of martyrs and warned them against participating in elections. 
“We want to ask every Kashmiri to desist from all that which harms the cause and stay away from polls, be it parliamentary, assembly or panchayat elections, so that we don’t have to take any tough measures,” the posters read. 
“The world has witnessed a new chapter of the spirit and courage of Kashmiri youth. This youth has become an eyesore for Indian agencies. India is trying to deviate the Kashmiri youth from the right path using all its tactics,” the posters read.
Pro-India political parties have announced their candidates for both the Lok Sabha seats in Srinagar and Anantnag, which go to polls on April 9 and April 12, respectively. The NC and Congress are fighting the elections together.
The Hizb posters also issued a warning to ‘informers’.
“Informers should not think that we are not aware of their actions. We will take action against them at the right time if they don’t desist,” the posters said.
The poster surfaced two days after Hizb Commander Zakir Musa released video online threatening policemen and informers.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pulwama, Rayees Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that they have filed case in this regard.

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