Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday called for shutdown and election boycott in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on April 23 and said that participation in elections amounts to “betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs”.
“New Delhi is portraying these elections as a substitute to our right to self-determination and always tries to hoodwink its own people and the international community,” Geelani said in a statement.
Hurriyat chairman said that those who participate in elections and seeking votes from people have an unending lust of power and wealth, which increases with each passing day. “They are nothing but the worst enemies of our nation as they act as the collaborators of the oppressor just for their personnel gains,” he added.
“We have invested mighty human material and every person, family and region has its own contribution which legalizes and compels the stakeholders not to let these precious sacrifices go waste,” he said.
Geelani further said that votes on basic necessities and daily needs are being portrayed as endorsement for their “forced occupation”.
“We should convey a strong message to world community that Jammu and Kashmir is a political dispute and the election drama being staged here cannot be an alternative to the right to self-determination for people in Jammu & Kashmir,” the statement said.