Resistance leaders call for 2016-like protests on poll days

Resistance leaders call for 2016-like protests on poll days

Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership has reiterated the call for boycott of upcoming parliamentary by-elections to be held in Srinagar and Anantnag on April 9 and 12 respectively and urged people to carry out 2016 uprising-like protests on polling days.
“It is prerequisite to follow the mission with same spirit as was witnessed during people’s uprising in year 2016,” the pro-freedom camp said here on Tuesday.
The leadership, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement claimed that the participation in elections amounts to “betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs.”
“We carried their bodies and how can we barter their blood for shame elections, said resistance leaders while addressing people in South,” the pro-freedom camp said.
The pro-freedom camp has called for a shutdown in the poll-bound areas on the respective polling days, according to an official spokesperson.
“We urge people to affirm pledge with the ongoing movement (Tajdeed-e-Ahud) on Friday April,7 and adopt resolution and organize protest rallies from April 8,” the spokesperson added in an official statement.
The senior pro-freedom leaders have directed political activists to gear up against election and carry anti-polling message to people living in far flung areas in South Kashmir.
The pro-freedom camp has called people to follow the boycott to convey a message to world community that Jammu and Kashmir is a political dispute and the elections are being “staged” in the territory. “They (elections) cannot be an alternative to the right to self-determination for people in Jammu & Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.
Accusing the mainstream politicians about lack of care for the current situation in Kashmir, the leadership alleged the mainstream political parties only want to “power”.
“They enjoy perks and they have lost their conscience,” the leaders alleged in joint statement.
“Pro-Indian parties are stooges of occupation, said resistance leaders and referring to their deceitful politics, said that NC, PDP, State Congress, PC other pro-India political come from the same breed and their “aim and design remains to strengthen India’s military control over Kashmir,” the spokesperson said quoting the leaders.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik, in the joint statement, referred to development slogan, “Sadak, Pani & Bijli” as mere “rhetoric”.
“It is sheer deception and India portrays these elections as people’s consent in Indian hegemony by issuing misleading statements that people acknowledged state’s accession with India by participating in these elections.”

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