North Kashmir converted into garrison: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has appealed for complete boycott on May 7.
In a statement here Monday, Geelani also appealed for protests after the magrib prayers “in every village, town and district headquarters to convey a strong and clear message that we as a nation reject each and every person who betrays the cause and sacrifices of martyrs.”
“Had the conscience of people contesting (elections) been (alive), they would have kept themselves away from this military operation and upheld the sentiments of the majority of Kashmiris. But they know that they are only exploiting the poor and helpless masses just to fulfill their nefarious designs,” Geelani said.
He said, “For freedom loving people it hardly matters who wins this election and who occupies the chair and who reaches the assembly or parliament, which family or dynasty he or she belongs to. For them main concern should be to identify and differentiate between the people who strengthen the bonds of their slavery and those who always stand for real sentiments of this nation,” Geelani said.
He said that those who beg for votes and claim to represent their voice in Delhi are misleading the innocent Kashmiris as they have never dared to stand for them. He said that government with the help of army and agencies have turned the whole Valley especially the north Kashmir into army garrison as they have been “miserably defeated” in south and central Kashmir.
“Now army openly threatens the people to vote. The latest example of which is that army officer in Uri has threatened the people that they should report in camp with ink on their finger after May 7 otherwise they will have to face the consequences,” the Hurriyat (G) chairman added.
“Baramulla has been handed over to army after people have refused to setup the polling booths in their localities. Every nook and corner of north Kashmir from Uri to Kupwara, Handwara, Baramulla, Pattan and Bandipora presents a war like atmosphere where arrests, nocturnal raids and torture of pro-boycott people continue unabated,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district secretary Budgam Abdul Majeed Rather from Pattan, Dr. Mohammad Sultan from Sumbal, Ghulam Ahmad Dar, Abdul  Rashid Parray from Sumbal, Haji Ghulam Mohammad Reshi, and Arshad Ahmad Sofi from Kupwara have been arrested day before polling, according to a Hurriyat (G) spokesman.