Geelani reiterates election boycott call, says Delhi exploiting it

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SRINAGAR: Cautioning youth about the “sinister designs of anti-movement elements”, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday urged people to boycott upcoming elections.
“Participation in these elections is tantamount to treason with the blood of martyrs,” Geelani, according to a statement issued here, said while addressing people present at the condolence gathering of slain militants of Kulgam Qazigund, over phone.
“Indian authorities are misleading world community by portraying people’s participation in elections as a verdict in their favour,” Geelani said. “It is prerequisite to convey a strong message to world community that we pursue a cherished mission of freedom and in no way justify, defend or favour these elections.”
The pro-freedom leader said the elections provide New Delhi an opportunity to change the demography and discourse of Jammu and Kashmir, state subject law and economic exploitation.
“The people who participate in these elections are not sincere and they just play with the sentiments of the people for their petty gains,” he said.
Meanwhile, paying tributes to slain militants, Geelani said, “Our youth lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation and for right to self-determination. We will never allow anybody to barter with the precious blood of martyrs. We need to be aware of this and we are duty-bound to safeguard their sacrifices and desist from such activities which prove harmful for our movement.”
“(The) aggressive measures, luring the youth with jobs, perks and privileges will never succeed in deterring us from pursuing our cause,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani paid tributes to a prominent pro-freedom personality Aijaz Dar on his 30th anniversary, saying, “He was a great warrior and a frontline solider in freedom movement.”
He prayed for speedy recovery of Haji GM Dar, the ailing father of the slain militant commander.