Geelani urges people to stand united, boycott polls

Geelani urges people to stand united, boycott polls
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Srinagar: Expressing concern over the fresh wave of crackdown on pro-freedom leaders, activists, youth and nocturnal raids by the forces across Kashmir in wake of local body polls, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the authorities are creating a war like situation.
Geelani in a statement said that people all over the world protest for their demands – which is their democratic right, “but the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the only exception where peaceful protesters are rained with bullets and pallets”.
Reiterating the call for poll boycott, the Hurriyat chairman said that participation in elections amounts to betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs.
Geelani urged the people to completely boycott the polls and said “it will have very positive and encouraging effect on the ongoing movement”.
The Hurriyat chairman said that most of the pro-freedom leadership are behind the bars or under house arrest. “Our religious clerks, scholars, intellectuals and civil societies should also shoulder the responsibility to educate the common masses about the implication of voting in these elections,” he said
Geelani also condemned the shifting of incarcerated Hurriyat spokesman Gh. Ahmad Gulzar, Peer Gh. Mohi-ud-din and Advocate Hussian Ahmad Pazalpora to Kotbalwal and arrest of Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yaseen Aataie, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Mohammad Sadiq Lone Nadihal, Javid Ahmad Wani Nadihal, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, Gulzar Ahmad, Aabid Javid Wani, Suhail Mushtaq and Tawseef Ahmad Lone.