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Gilani reiterates call for boycott of sham polls

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has reiterated his call for complete boycott of the forthcoming so-called Indian Parliamentary by-elections in the territory. Polling for the farcical Indian Parliamentary elections will be held in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies on 9th and 12th April 2017.Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that although pro-India parties had always sought votes in the name of development and provision of basic facilities to the masses but New Delhi exploited this voting in its favour at the international forums. He appealed to the people to demonstrate the same resolve they exhibited during the 2016 mass uprising. The APHC Chairman urged the people of Central Kashmir and South Kashmir to observe civil curfew on 9th and 12th April on the occasion of polling in their respective constituencies and hold peaceful demonstrations against the farcical elections. Syed Ali Gilani said that entire resistance leadership had been caged ahead of the election drama and in such circumstances ulema, imams and youth had a vital role to inform the people about the negative effects on the ongoing freedom movement of casting votes. The illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the puppet rulers had no courage to face the resistance leadership on political turf and that was why they had unleashed a reign of terror against it. The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar denounced the curbs imposed by the puppet authorities on pro-freedom leaders. Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir in a statement in Srinagar denounced the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, on Hurriyet leaders and activists including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Abdul Aziz Ganai, Muhammad Shaban Khan, Ghulam Nabi Gojri, Abdul Majeed Shah and Lateef Ahmed Kallu. Indian police re-arrested Hurriyet leader, Sarjan Ahmad Wagay alias Sarjan Barkati, a charismatic crowd-puller from South Kashmir, soon after a court in Shopian released him after quashing his detention under draconian Public Safety Act. The police also arrested an activist of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front after raiding the party office in Srinagar and six youth from Imam Sahib area of Shopian district during house raids last night.

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