Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday appealed to the people of district Pulwama and Shopian to observe shutdown and boycott elections on May 6.
Geelani in a statement said: “On one hand ruthless killings, unabated arrest spree, economic strangulation, vehicular restriction, enforced demographic changes through judicial onslaught is on its peak and on other hand a vast military exercise under the veil of election is being thrusted on this helpless nation to hoodwink international community.”
Terming the election process as “a purely military operation”, he castigated the attitude of government of creating a war like situation in the grab of elections.
Condemning the “hypocrisy” displayed by all the local regional pro-Indian political parties, Geelani said that “it has been a common feature of such stooges to be more loyal than the king and to go any extent to beat and kill their fellow people for their petty political interests”.
“Pro-Indian leaders have time and again proved themselves political chameleons, changing colours to hoodwink the people,” he added.
He expressed concern over deployment of heavy contingents of forces in Pulwama and Shopian
The pro-freedom leader hailed the steadfastness of the people of Pulwama and Shopian districts and assured them that people of Jammu and Kashmir fully support their resolve and commitment for the sacred mission of right to self-determination.
Geelani urged the international community to rise to the occasion and come to the rescue of people of Kashmir who have been victimised for their legitimate demand of right to self-determination and help resolve the Kashmir issue at the earliest in accordance with the wishes of the people.
Paying tribute to slain militants Lateef Ahmad Dar, Tariq Ahmad Sheikh and Shariq Ahmad in Shopian gunfight, Geelani blamed Indian leaders and said that “their insensitivity, unconcern, denial and unrealistic approach is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in Kashmir.”
Geelani reiterated his stand that loss of human lives is a serious concern for every noble soul and there is no other option other than to honor and safeguard every precious live.