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‘Will run a peaceful boycott campaign’
Srinagar, Mar 17: Terming election boycott as ‘a democratic right of people’, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday said that casting or boycotting vote is a democratic right of every human being but when election process is facilitated and pro-boycott people are ‘terrorized, raided, arrested and put in jails, this process is reduced to merely a military operation.’
In a statement issued to KNS, Malik said, “On one hand the rulers provided every facilitation to those campaigning for elections but on other hand military and police might is used to curb and suppress the voices of those who want to boycott these elections and use their democratic right to boycott.”
“This is like trampling democracy in the name of democracy,” asserted Malik.
He said that if the rulers really believe in democracy, battle of ideas and freedom of speech and choice, they should refrain from ‘terrorizing’ pro-boycott people and allow resistance camp to run a boycott campaign in a peaceful way.
Terming participation in election process and voting as ‘disrespecting sacrifices’, JKLF chief said, “Elections for assemblies and Indian parliament have been used to hoodwink international opinion on Kashmir. This process is started in the name of democracy, progress and necessity but after its completion Indian state and their Kashmiri stooges term this as a referendum in favor of illegal occupation and thus an excuse to negate our basic democratic right of self determination and freedom.”
He said that from 1947 people of Jammu Kashmir have sacrificed Lakhs for achieving birth right of freedom and last seven months have witnessed an upsurge in this.
“How can we take part in elections for those assemblies and parliaments and vote for those tyrants and oppressors who facilitated the killings of hundreds of our loved ones and are responsible for blinding and maiming thousands and are continuously denying us our birth right of freedom? How can we vote to strengthen those who even did not spare 6 year old Kaneeza at Haihama recently?,” he added.
While appealing people to boycott upcoming by-elections, Malik said, “It is our moral duty to safeguard our sacrifices and keep ourselves away from voting.”
He said that election boycott campaign announced by united resistance leadership should be followed in letter and spirit and every Kashmiris should refrain from participating in the ‘sham’ process that is detrimental to our just cause and legitimizing illegal occupation.
Meanwhile, on the call of united resistance leadership, JKLF leaders and activists along with members from other pro-resistance parties started election boycott campaign and met people at various places asking them to remain away from voting.
JKLF leaders Noor Muhmmad Kalwal, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Siraj ud din Mir, sheikh Abdul Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Ghulam Muhammad Dar along with Tehreek I Hurriyat activists Imtiyaz Haider, Javed Gazi Baba and Umer Adil Dar took out a protest rally at Madeena Chowk Lal Chowk and distributed pamphlets about election boycott.
JKLF leaders visited Koreg, Sounthbal, Nunar in Ganderbal and Haran, Hakermullah and Warpora in Budgam area and addressed various gatherings at these places.
The leaders and activists urged people to remain vigilant and boycott upcoming Indian elections. (KNS)