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Kashmir: Geelani calls to Boycott municipal polls

Yasir Ashraf

Agence India Press


Srinagar:  Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday called boycott for up coming Municipal elections.

Addressing a first news conference here after his arrival to Srinagar from New Delhi, the amalgamation chairman said that people should keep away from the elections as it damages the freedom movement.


“I challenge government to lift restrictions on me and release my associates, and allow us to carryout political activities. I assure you there will be zero percent polling,” he said.


“We challenge that there will be only two percent of voting in the coming elections. The participation in the elections will damage our freedom struggle and makes our destiny and goal farther,” Geelani said.


“The government attempts to cover its human rights violations in the state with these elections,” the chairman said.


“We, therefore, appeal to the people to completely boycott the municipal elections,” Geelani told reporters at his Hyderpora residence where he remains under house arrest.


He also said that India gave a wrong message to the world that participations in elections are alternate to Right to Self Determination.


Geelani was out of the station for three months in New Delhi. He also said that those who participate in elections were against the Cause and were enemies of the Movement. “Anyone who participates in polls becomes the culprits of the sacred cause of freedom,” Geelani asserted.


Lambasting over the authorities for his continues arrest and detention of political prisoners in different jails of India Geelani said, “There are thousands languishing in different prisons in Jammu and Kashmir and In India as well, including other activists of Hurriyat Conference.”


He said that he had been continuously arrested and the political movements were curbed. “This is a battle of ideas where everyone should be allowed to speak and heard. Everyone has a right to present his opinion and point of view before people,” the Hurriyat chairman said.


The Hurriyat hardliner said their previous boycott calls failed because the government did not allow them to campaign and meet the people. Asked about the invitation to him by the Pakistani government to visit their country, Geelani said he had no passport. “How can I travel?”


Talking tough over the killing of Booniyar and Baramullah by the hands of security forces he said, “Kashmir is a police state where the orders come directly from the India Home Ministry. Forces are busy in basing new camps across Jammu and Kashmir to encourage the land of people.”


For his continues detention at his residence he said that he had filed a writ in court. “The court has failed to provide any justice any respite,” Geelani said. (AIP News)


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