Despite restrictions, poll boycott campaign on

Despite restrictions, poll boycott campaign on

Srinagar: Pro-freedom party Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) carried out an anti-election campaign in several poll-bound areas ahead on Friday, the party spokesperson said.
The JKLF activists, according to the spokesperson, visited several areas in Budgam, Srinagar, Kulgam, Islamabad, Pattan, Shopian and Pulwama to create anti-polling awareness among locals.
The activists interacted with people, distributed pamphlets and posters of the united resistance leadership urging people to boycott upcoming election in Anantnag and Srinagar constituency.
“Despite siege around the JKLF office, JKLF activists visited Subhanpora, Dablipora, Verinagh, Malik Pora and held door to door campaign in Pulwama’s Litter, Nelora, Dangerpra, Aglar, Wachi ,Moachwara, Aachoora and Keller in Shupian,” he added.
The JKLF activists also held campaign at Mohan Pora (Muhammad Pora) Kulgam and its adjacent areas.  In Budgam, the campaign was carried out in areas near Sangam, Peimast and Pathanpora and in Ganderbal areas of Zezen and Waskoora.
The JKLF activists also visited several localities of Srinagar including Maisuma, Gawkadal, Aabiguzar and Batamaloo where the party activist Muhammad Irfan Khan was arrested at Abi-Guzar during the campaign.
The party chairman Yasin Malik alleged, “the government and its police lacks courage to compete with resistance camp on a political level which is why they have unleashed a reign of terror to stage their election drama.”
“The government only believes in terrorizing and unleashing oppression on peaceful political activities,” Malik, who is currently lodged in Srinagar central jail, said.
Hurriyat (M) boycott campaign
Soon after the Friday prayers, a protest rally led by Mohammad Yaqoob Masoodi was taken out from the Jamia Masjid in support of election boycott call given by the resistance leadership and to protest against the arrest and house arrest of resistance leaders including Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and hundreds of others.
A large number of people participated in the rally in which they raised slogans in favour of election boycott and denounced the continuous house arrest of Mirwaiz.
Meanwhile, remembering the victims of 2003 Naidmarg Pulwama massacre in which 22 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by unknown gunmen, a Hurriyat spokesman said that it was the extreme callousness of the rulers that till date the culprits of the massacre were not nabbed nor were any serious and independent efforts made to probe the incident.
DFP distributes poll boycott posters
Starting its election boycott campaign, the Democratic Freedom Party on Friday distributed anti-election posters and pamphlets among people.
The party workers and activists started campaign from Srinagar and Budgam areas and appealed to the people to stay away from the “election drama”. They asked people to boycott the so-called elections and protest against the sell-out of the state.

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