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Geelani reiterates appeal for boycott of Kashmir Panchayat polls

Thursday, January 11, 2018

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani paid rich tributes to the youth who were slain in Chadoora and Kulgam. 

“These brave hearts are facing a big power and lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation, putting a huge responsibility on our shoulders to honor these sacrifices and take the movement to its logical end,” Geelani said in a statement. 
Calling as unfortunate the killing of a civilian Khalid Ahmad Dar in Kulgam, Geelani blamed the state administration, police and other government forces for such killings. 

“The government forces under well thought out plan are carrying out bloodshed in Kashmir.” 

Rejecting the statement of police, Geelani said, “They are acting as more loyal than king and always shield these killers.” 

In his telephonic address to mourners, Geelani, urged people to boycott the upcoming Panchayat elections. “A few people, who vote in the election dramas, were not only committing an act of treason but their actions also act as oxygen for India’s forced control of Kashmir. Those elected to power corridors act as stooges and are hand in glow for these oppressors.” 

Geelani said that the “few people who vote in election dramas for mere material interests like employment, roads and other facilities were not only committing an act of treason. Taking part in election process tantamount to betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs. Any sort of participation in elections would prolong our struggle for freedom,” he said.  “The pro-Indian parties are well aware about freedom sentiments of people.  However, they through deceit exploit try these sentiments. They stand exposed. Their main aim is to get to power corridors. They are once again playing their cards and their rhetoric about Kashmir issue and its resolution is mere hoax,” Geelani said.   

Rejecting the police claims, Geelani said, “Youth arrested in Sopore are innocent civilians and are not related to any militant activities.”