Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has called for a boycott of upcoming Lok Sabha elections, accusing the government of turning Valley into a military fortress.
In a statement issued on Monday, Geelani said: “Elections are an integral part of any democratic process. But where there is not even the trace of any democratic values, we have faced the only brutality, where more than one million armed forces seem to be insufficient to contain this helpless nation and for conducting this shame military exercise. More than 100 battalions of forces have been added, making this globally designated highly militarised zone denser.”
He said that “such a vast and forceful military operation even if covered under the carpet of election can in no way hide its venomous character”.
“No sane citizen of this state, belonging to any region or religion, is satisfied with the ground situation of this land. Death and destruction and political instability has led to such a chaotic scenario, of which, if elections would have been any remedy, which is in practice here for the last 71 years, but it is known to everybody, friends and foes, that with each passing day the graph of atrocities, denials and curbs have alarming steep,” he added.
The Hurriyat chairman said, “Nation which has sacrificed more than a 100 thousand people, who’s thousands of young and old and even women are languishing in jails for decades together, where not only barrel of gun is always starring every individual, but the blunt sward of so-called investigation agencies are also hanging close to their chest, where, recently, every Kashmiri was hunted and lynched outside valley, where our emotions, our faith, our identity and ethnicity is shredded to maximum have no moral justification to take part in any electoral process.”
He added: “Some argue that despite boycott, people gets elected, to which I said that it is agreed beyond doubt that people have celebrated 2% voter turnout, but there is hell of difference between the crown of humiliation and crown of grace. How can we afford to be part of the house where laws and resolution are passed only to throttle and subjugate us?”
Commenting on the luring of voters by the pro-Indian politicians, Hurriyat chairman said that our nation has the habit of forgetting and following blindly to the “deceitful voices”, but the recent memories are a fresh in the minds of people who still remember the fate of autonomy, by none other than its own creators, despite having 2/3rd majority in assembly.
He said that ban of religious and pro-freedom organisations has irked and pained those who themselves not only banned these groups and locked their schools, offices and residences.
The pro-freedom leader said that humiliating remarks of “milk and toffee” are still echoing in the minds of people and every curb and war on the people was assigned to the dreams of her father. “Arrogance of power was so intoxicating that in presence of mighty crutches of power, even the quires from media were not responded, but as the support withered away, they shamelessly started knocking the doors of people with a begging bowel.”
“It hardly matters who wins and who loses, but no conscious, sane and mindful person should be part of anybody’s win or loss,” he said, adding, “Democracy here has lost its values and that is why every cunning, corrupt and mean person tries to escape from any accountability or criticism, wearing the grown of politics and more loyal they are to this sick system, more they grow in size and wealth. On the other hand pro-freedom people are threatened and caged in fictitious and false cases, but such manoeuvring can never cow down the freedom loving nation.”
Paying tributes to slain of Lasipora militants, Geelani said that “the Kashmir has become a dreadful battle ground were death and destruction has become a daily norm”.