Shutdown on sham Indian polls tomorrow

Srinagar, April 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has reiterated his appeal for complete boycott of the fourth phase of the so-called Indian Parliamentary elections, tomorrow.

Complete shutdown will also be observed in Kulgam district on the second leg of the three-phased parliamentary election drama on Islamabad’s Lok Sabha seat on the day. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the boycott would send a message to the world that the people of Jammu and Kashmir wanted to get rid of the forcible Indian occupation of their motherland. He said any election process, India tries to conduct, is nothing but an armed drill aimed at strengthening its illegal control on the occupied territory. However, he said successful poll boycott had frustrated the Indian leadership, which could be well read from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the international community and the global human rights organizations to send their teams to visit the Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in jails of occupied Kashmir and India. Jammu and Kashmir Islami Tanzeem Azadi in a statement also expressed concern over the prolonged detention of the Kashmiri prisoners.

Meanwhile, Indian police arrested two Kashmiri youth during a crackdown operation in Wathoora area of Chadoora in Budgam district, today. The detainees were identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Rather and Junaid Ahmad Dar, who are residents of Wathoora area.

The Srinagar-Leh highway after remaining cut off from the rest of the world for at least five months was reopened for vehicular traffic, today. The 443 kilometer long highway was opened after the clearance of snow.


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