Geelani urges people to boycott polls, observe shutdown on Thursday | KNO

Geelani urges people to boycott polls, observe shutdown on Thursday | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, April 16 (KNO) : Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday urged people for complete election boycott and shutdown on April 18 in poll bound areas of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal. In a statement issued to KNO, Geelani said that “on one hand ruthless killings, unabated arrest spree, economic strangulation, vehicular restriction, enforced demographic changes through judicial onslaught is on its peak and on other hand a vast military exercise under the veil of election is being thrusted on this helpless nation just to endorse their brutal suppression.” He said that “all pro-Indian parties and their leaders are least bothered about the miseries of the people, they, instead, are desperate to get to the power corridors to continue sucking our blood.” “We are passing through crucial period of our struggle, it is a litmus test for our conscious, morality and commitment to the movement just like we did during 2017 Parliament election in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts,” he said. He said that “we have invested mighty human material and every person, family and region has its own contribution which legalizes and compels the stakeholders not to let these precious sacrifices go waste.” “Our occupier is not only brutal but cunning as well. Votes on basic necessities and daily needs are being portrayed as endorsement for their forced occupation. Pro-Indian parties and its politicians are befooling the people with the promises, they themselves sold for their family gains. They are political vultures and greedy leeches who have always thrived on the blood and honour of this brutalized nation,” he said. Pro-freedom leader said that “all these old traitors and fresh entrants have a common goal to cement the oppressive bonds of India, in return of perks and privileges for themselves, otherwise it is known to everybody that they are the main architects of all our miseries. Shedding crocodile tears on 35-A, 370, AFSPA, PSA or riding a deceitful slogan of change, all of them sail in the same boat and have contributed in turning this paradise in hell.” Geelani said that “conscious nations always strive hard to safeguard the future of their coming generations and we have got the opportunity once again to prove it not only to the oppressor but to the whole world as well.” (KNO)