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Geelani reiterates poll boycott, shutdown call for Pulwama, Shopian districts  


Srinagar, May 04 : Appealing people of district Pulwama and Shopian for complete election boycott and observe a complete shutdown and demonstrate a civil curfew on May 6, 2019 in order to defeat the ‘ill designs of Indian imperialism’, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said that “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 just to endorse not only their brutal suppression, but to hoodwink international community as well.”

Taking a serious notice of prevailing ‘repressive’ policy of India to push the people, especially the young generation to the wall, Geelani as per a statement issued regretted the “Indian barbaric attitude to suppress the political will and freedom sentiments of the people of Kashmir by using its military might in full scale.”

Terming the election process as ‘a purely military operation’, he castigated the Indian attitude to create a war like situation in the grab of elections. “People are being killed, maimed, blinded with pellets and randomly arrested on one pretext or the other,” he said.

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.

People have not forgotten the political slangs and abusive remarks used by these Indian supporters when they brazenly tried to justify the innocent killings by saying “the boys were not supposed to get toffee and milk, or kill the pro-freedom people and threw their dead bodies in the river Jhelum and even to suggest bombardment of Pakistan.”.

“Pro-Indian leaders have time and again proved themselves political chameleons, changing colours to hoodwink the people,” he added. Expressing serious concern over deploying heavy contingents of forces especially around the whole districts of Pulwama and Shopian in order to create a dreadful atmosphere to harass and suffocate the people on the poling day, Geelani 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.

Pro-freedom leader urged the international community to rise to the occasion and come to the rescue of people of Kashmir who have been victimized 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.

Meanwhile, paying tribute to slain youth 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 disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Geelani said that “their denial and unconcern is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir and reiterating 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.”

Geelani said unless the age old wounds of armed occupation are not healed and practical and concrete measures are not taken up by the occupiers and their perpetrators, human blood will continue to spill over and permanent political, economic and regional stability will remain a distant dream.

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