Stay away from polls, Mirwaiz tells people

Stay away from polls, Mirwaiz tells people

Addresses Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid over phone

The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday reiterated his appeal to people to boycott the upcoming parliamentary by-elections in Kashmir, saying these are “deceptive” and “sold by New Delhi to the world as expression of people’s will for future.”

Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house detention, addressed a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here over telephone from his Nigeen residence.

“Any elections held under Indian dispensation are deceptive as these are sold by the government of India to the world as an expression of people’s will regarding their future dispensation, when the reality is that for the past 70 years, the people of Kashmir are engaged in a struggle for achieving their right to decide their political future through self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations,” Mirwaiz said, adding: “Suppression, detention, tyranny and torture of the people and leadership cannot stifle their voice for freedom of Kashmir.”

He said: “The State in its paranoia and insecurity of people’s support to the struggle has curbed the movement of resistance leaders by placing them under house arrest or lodging them in jails while conducting large-scale crackdown against youth across Kashmir in bid to hold the farcical elections.”

He appealed to people to desist from participating in the “so-called democratic exercise in a dictatorial set-up.”

“As per the joint resistance leadership’s programme, people should observe a protest strike from the evening of April 8 till the evening of April 09 to show complete resolve and commitment with the freedom struggle,” he said.

“As workers of Awami Action Committee and activists of Dar-ul-Khair have been arrested ahead of the election drama, it has adversely affected the relief and rescue efforts of Dar-ul-Khair in the present flood-like situation,” the Mirwaiz said.

He also read out a resolution drafted by the Joint Resistance Leadership that called upon the people “to show complete commitment towards the resistance movement, demonstrate steadfastness towards the goal of the struggle nurtured by the huge sacrifices of the people especially the youth and to stay away from the sham elections.”

Later, after the conclusion of Friday prayers, the Hurriyat (M) workers and activists took out a rally outside Jamia Masjid.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Hurriyat denounced the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani and also the detention of Muhamamd Yaseen Malik. He also denounced house detention of Advocate Shahid- ul- Islam and other leaders and activists.

“Mirwaiz was barred from entering Jamia Masjid to deliver Friday sermon and offer Friday prayers for the 15th consecutive Friday today,” the spokesman claimed. GKNN