Those participating in elections committing treason: Geelani

Those participating in elections committing treason: Geelani
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday urged people to boycott upcoming elections, saying these provide Indian leadership an opportunity to mislead the world community.
A statement issued here said Geelani addressed the people present at the funeral of slain militant Sameer Bhat in Pulwama and paid tributes to Sameer Ahmad Bhat @Tiger, Aaqib Ahmad Wani and teenager Shahid Ahmad Bhat.
“Those few people who vote in election were not only committing an act of treason (but) their actions also act as oxygen for the Indian occupation of Kashmir. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and refrain from such activities which may prove counterproductive for our movement,” Geelani said in his address. “Any flaw or any type of support to puppets is misrepresented at international forum by Delhi.”
Hurriyat chairman added, “We should never barter the sacrifices (of our martyrs) for petty material gains like employment and development and (we should) never extend our support to those showering bullets and pellets.”
He said Indian leadership is suffering from arrogance of power and is carrying “massacre and bloodshed” in state. “However people while braving bullets and bullying are pursuing their sacred mission of freedom with dedication and commitment,” he said.
“Repose faith in Almighty Allah and follow mission with dedication and avoid all differences,” Geelani urged people.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference has termed it dictatorial the decision of authorities to put political leaders and activists under house detention.
Hurriyat spokesperson in a statement said the arrest and detention of its leaders and activists including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi, Bilal Sidiqee, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Omer Adil Dar and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder are unjustified.
“It is a deliberate attempt to keep the leaders away from masses,” he said. “No one can stop us from (pursuing) our mission.”

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