‘Elections being held to justify occupation’

Resistance leadership calls for election boycott, peaceful protest after Friday prayers
Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership on Thursday urged people to boycott the by-elections for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats. The leaders said that the elections provide India an opportunity to mislead the world community.
In a press release, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that amid ten lakh troops, the election drama has lost all relevance and credibility. “Allow us to meet people, and not a single person will cast vote. These elections are being enacted to mislead the international community and India is desperate to justify its occupation,” the leaders said in a statement.
“These enacted dramas won’t alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. It is just a ploy to prolong their forced occupation. They use these elections as a tool to reinforce their clutches,” the leaders said.
The statement while referring to the people’s uprising in 2016, said that the freedom struggle is in its crucial stage and people through their determination have conveyed a strong message to the world community. “People straightway have conveyed their message that they won’t accept anything less than freedom,” the leaders said.
Hailing the commitment and resolve of people, the leaders said that the way people are following the resistance programme is praiseworthy. The leaders said “for the time being, we have rescheduled the programme and decided to concentrate on election boycott.”
They said that after completing 250th day of Intifada, the authorities have kick started election drama just to divert people’s attention from resistance movement.
“We feel our duty, to apprise our people about the deceitful political game of authorities and outcome of this election drama,” said leadership and asked people to be aware of their folly against ongoing freedom movement.
“Keeping in view the present political situation, the programme already conveyed is extended till April 15 and the resistance leadership has decided to concentrate on boycott campaign and urged people to stay away from these elections,” the Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Joint resistance leadership has called for peaceful protest after Friday prayers today against the killing of 7-year-old girl in Kupwara and critically injuring her brother.
In a statement, the leadership said the minor’s killing is an “outcome of recent threat statement of Indian army chief”.
Blaming Indian authorities for bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir, the leadership paid their rich tributes to slain minor while demeaning an impartial probe in the killings.  “The state authorities in no way can deliver justice as they are dishonest and irrelevant .We reject any such inquiry declared by state authorities as they are insincere and not trust worthy, said leadership,” it said.
Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar also called for shutdown on April 9 in Srinagar and April 12 for Anantnag.