Geelani for poll boycott in north Kashmir

‘Night protests on May 6, civil curfew on May 7’

Srinagar, May 5: Terming as ‘military operation’ the parliamentary elections in Jammu Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has reiterated his appeal to the people of north Kashmir to completely boycott the polls being held there on May 7.

 “The people of in Baramaulla, Kupwara and Bandipora should stay indoors so that whole north Kashmir presents a deserted and civil curfew look on May 7,” Geelani said in a statement today.
Geelani has also appealed the people of north Kashmir to hold protests on Tuesday after Magrib prayers in every village, town and district headquarters to convey a strong and clear message that “they reject each and every person, betraying the cause and sacrifices of martyrs”.
“For freedom loving people it hardly matters who wins, occupies the chair and reaches the Assembly or Parliament. Their main concern should be to identify and differentiate between the people who strengthen the bonds of their slavery and those who always stand for real sentiments of this nation. Those who beg for votes and claim to represent their voice in Delhi are misleading the innocent Kashmiris as they have never ever dared to stand for them,” Geelani said, adding that “The government with the help of army and agencies have turned the whole valley, now the North Kashmir in army garrison as they have been miserably defeated in South and Central Kashmir. Now army openly threatens the people to vote. The latest example is the army officer who has asked the people in Uri to report in camp with ink sign on their fingers after May 7 or face the consequences.”
“Baramulla has been handed over to army after people resisted against the setting up of the polling booths in their localities and every nook and corner of North Kashmir presents a war like atmosphere where arrests, nocturnal raids and torture of pro-freedom people continues unabated,” Geelani said.

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