Election boycott symbolic referendum against India: Gilani » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has termed the exemplary election boycott observed by the people of Kashmir as a symbolic referendum against Indian subjugation.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that it is highly ridiculous on the part of India to make vain efforts to prove a military operation as a peaceful political exercise.

He lauded the resolve and commitment of the people for not participating in the election drama under the heavy army siege, adding that despite the armed crackdown, suffocating and obnoxious environment, Indian military might had miserably failed to convince people of the territory to repose faith in its “democratic institutions”.

Citing undeclared emergency and martial law on the occasion of so-called parliamentary elections in, Syed Ali Gilani strongly condemned the barbaric attitude of India to strangulate the popular voice of right to self-determination by banning the political and religious organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.

He also castigated the despotic and imperialistic approach adopted by India to turn Kashmir into a hell-like prison where innocent people not only get killed, maimed, blinded, ruthlessly beaten like animals, but also incarcerated randomly.

Taking a strong note of the Indian stubbornness and turning its blind eye to the ground situation in Kashmir, he regretted that India is trying to let loose a reign of terror in the nook and corner of the territory by engaging its so-called investigative agencies like NIA and ED to malign the pious image of freedom movement.

The APHC Chairman also condemned repeated summons by NIA to his grandson, Anees-ul-Islam, whose father is in Tihar jail for the last two years. He said Indian rulers have used its agencies as a war weapon to threaten and humiliate pro-freedom activists and their families. Delhi rulers have tarnished every fabric of decency, fair play and justice and to punish Kashmiris, they don’t even spare their innocent kids, he added.

Stressing on the early resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris aspirations he expressed hope that India will shun its rigid stance and show its willingness to resolve this dispute at the earliest.

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