Boycott shows people’s commitment to movement: Pro-freedom camp

Srinagar: Various pro-freedom groups Wednesday thanked people for “successful election boycott” in central Kashmir.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said the people of central Kashmir had shown a lot of courage by boycotting polls and observing a complete shutdown “despite curbs, restrictions, arrests and other atrocities by Indian police and forces.”
“They have shown mirror to the Indian rulers and their agents in Kashmir that Kashmiris want complete freedom from Indian oppression, and not elections. By rejecting the election drama, people of central Kashmir have paid best tributes to the martyrs and tremendous sacrifices offered by this nation,” Geelani said in a statement.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the parallel Hurriyat faction, also lauded the people for “once again rejecting the so-called polls and showing complete commitment towards the freedom struggle despite state- sponsored oppression .”
Mirwaiz expressed hope that the people of north Kashmir too will show the same commitment and resolve by boycotting polls in Baramulla constituency on May 7.
Mirwaiz said no electoral process can be substitute for the right to self determination and the time had come for Indian leadership to “stop staging the election drama in Kashmir and instead accept the reality and take meaningful steps to resolve the Kashmir issue.”
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front(JKLF) chairman, who continues to be in police detention, said the exemplary election boycott in Srinagar constituency was a “good omen for resistance movement and an eye opener for those who dream of defeating us by their oppressive measures.”
“Despite a war – like situation created by police and forces, the arrest spree and restrictions, people of Kashmir by boycotting Indian elections have yet again shown their love for martyrs and freedom movement,” Malik was quoted as saying in a statement.
Senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir Shabir Ahmad Shah, according to a statement, also “congratulated the people of central Kashmir for boycotting the Parliamentary elections.”
“Despite the arrest of more than 2000 youth and pro-freedom leaders and activists, the way people boycotted the sham elections is commendable,” Shah said.