Gilani calls for boycott of sham polls in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Glowing tributes paid to three martyred youth

Srinagar, May 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has urged the people to completely boycott the fifth and final phase of the sham Indian Parliamentary elections and observe complete shutdown in the poll-bound areas on Monday.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that ruthless killings, unabated arrest spree, economic strangulation, vehicular restriction and enforced demographic changes through judicial onslaught were being carried out in occupied Kashmir by India. However, on the other side, he added, a vast military exercise under the veil of elections was being forced on Kashmiris to strengthen India’s rule and hoodwink the world community about the prevailing situation in the occupied territory. He urged the world community to come to the rescue of Kashmiris who were being victimized for their legitimate demand for right to self-determination and help resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts, today, to mourn the killing of three youth by Indian troops. The occupation authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in different areas of the districts to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the killings. The authorities also continued to suspend train service for the second consecutive day, today, on Srinagar-Banihal track.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Shafi Lone and the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth. The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in a statement denounced in strong terms the use of brute force by Indian troops and police against peaceful protesters in Shopian, yesterday. Over twenty people were injured, some of them critically, when Indian forces’ personnel fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the killing of the youth.

The illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, in a message from Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, said that the Kashmiri people were rendering sacrifices for freedom and Indian brutalities would not be able to force them into submission.

On the other hand, Indian army personnel tortured the prayers leader of Jamia Masjid of Loran area of Poonch district in Jammu region, Maulana Abdul Hameed Naeemi, without any reason when he was returning to his home after visiting Srinagar. The troops stopped the vehicle the Maulana was travelling in at Kulgam, asked him to get down and subjected him to torture for more than an hour.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, was admitted in Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, today, for cardiac check-up and pacemaker assessment.

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