Gee­lani, Ma­lik give joint call for poll boy­cott

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the Chair­man of All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence, Syed Ali Gee­lani and Jammu and Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Chief, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik have jointly ap­pealed to the peo­ple to boy­cott so­called by-elec­tion sched­uled to be held in Islamabad district on June 22.

The two lead­ers of the ter­ri­tory in a joint state­ment is­sued in Srinagar, to­day, said that In­dia used elec­tion as a means to ex­ploit the Kash­miris’ right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The lead­ers main­tained that the vot­ing in these so-called elec­tions would be be­trayal to the blood of thou­sands of mar­tyrs, who laid down their lives for the free­dom cause.

They ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of the elec­tions when the en­tire oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory was pre­sent­ing a look of a big army camp.

Mean­while, In­dian po­lice ar­rested the Chair­man of Jammu and Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik in Bat­maloo area of Srinagar, to­day.

He has been shifted to Cen­tral Jail, Srinagar.

The Chair­man of his Hur­riyet fo­rum, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, in a state­ment is­sued in Srinagar de­nounced noc­tur­nal raids by po­lice on the res­i­dences of Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists in Srinagar and said that In­dian state­spon­sored ter­ror­ism had turned the lives of the Kash­miris a hell.

Shut­down was ob­served in Pul­wama and Bara­mulla districts against the re­cent killing of three youth by In­dian troops dur­ing a siege and search oper­a­tion in the ter­ri­tory.

All shops and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments re­mained closed while traf­fic was off the road in the two districts.

The troops killed one youth in Ladoo area of Pul­wama, yes­ter­day and two youth in Bo­mai area of So­pore on Fri­day.

Speak­ers at a sem­i­nar, held on the side­lines of the on­go­ing ses­sion of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva, ap­pealed to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take no­tice of the pre­vail­ing hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the ter­ri­tory.

The event was or­ga­nized by In­ter­na­tional Mus­lim Women’s Union.—KMS

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