Hail people for ‘complete and unprecedented boycott’, urge to stay away from all sorts of elections
Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday hailed people for ‘complete and unprecedented poll boycott’ and urged them to adhere to boycott the re-poling on April 13.
In a statement, the leaders asked people to once again reject Delhi and its henchmen. “Peoples verdict against occupation is loud and clear and it is their commitment to achieving their fundamental political right and expressing their will and aspirations,” said the leaders.
Calling deferment of polls as defeat of the state rulers and pro-Indian parties, the leaders said the government of India’s own index of treating elections as a gauge of people’s faith in Indian democracy stands completely exposed as they were completely rejected and resisted by the people in one part of the valley and forced to be postponed in another.
The leaders called back shutdown call for April 12 and said that wherever and whenever these elections will be staged, people will observe shutdown and stay away from these elections. Resistance leaders said that exemplary velour and courage once again displayed by the people and particularly youth has marked a mile stone in the history of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
People’s verdict served a message to the India and the world that their goal is the right to self-determination. “It has sent shivers and shock to Delhi,” said resistance leaders.
Resistance leaders said that in the face of extreme repression, where the state’s main instrument, the police and armed forces have been given a free run to murder and mayhem, forcing the state to back down speaks volumes about the bravery and resolve of the Kashmiris.
Calling people to join Friday prayers in Budgam on April 14, the leaders asked to show their solidarity with the families of brave hearts martyred by forces on April 09.
Election boycott is a significant part of our resistance movement and people will boycott these elections and observe shutdown, said joint resistance leaders. Elections to parliament, assembly, panchayats or municipalities won’t serve any purpose and farcical elections in the territory could not be a substitute to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, said resistance leaders.