SRINAGAR: As authorities have decided to go for re-elections in several poll-bound areas of Budgam district today, the chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah has appealed to people to “teach the same befitting lesson to New Delhi and its puppets as you did on April 9”.
In a statement issued here, Shah said the motive behind re-polling “amid state-sponsored killings” is nothing but to increase the voting percentage “through rigging”. “After facing a humiliating defeat on April 9, New Delhi by announcing a drama is adding salt to our injuries,” he said.
The DFP chairman expressed hope that people won’t forget the eight youth martyred on Sunday and will send a clear message to the world that Kashmiris want “nothing less than freedom from Indian forcible occupation”.
Shah said scores of people injured on April 9 are undergoing treatment in hospitals “but the power hungry politicians are in hurry to stage a drama of sham elections”.
He appealed to people to participate in the condolence gathering called in memory of ‘Budgam martyrs’ on April 14 saying we have can’t forget the sacrifices of these brave sons of the soil.
Meanwhile, the DFP chairman talked to the families of those killed on April 9, by phone.
Meanwhile, Shah has hailed the Sikh community for its decision to celebrate Baisakhi on April 13 with austerity in the wake of civilian killings by forces on Sunday.
“Our Sikh brethren have always shared the pain of Kashmiri Muslims and rendered immense sacrifices for the freedom movement. We salute them for standing with their Muslim brethren,” Shah said.