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Joint programme unveiled for boycott of sham polls

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has announced protest programmes from Friday till next Wednesday to frustrate Indian Parliamentary election drama in the territory.

The leaders in their joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that coming Friday would be observed as the day for renewal of pledge, while support for resolutions of the joint resistance leadership would be sought after Friday prayers.

All shops and business establishments will be closed and rallies will be held from Saturday evening. The statement said that complete strike would be observed on 9th and 12th April in Central and South Kashmir to mark the boycott of the Indian elections. The leadership urged the people to stage 2016-like protests on these days to convey to the world that the so-called elections could not be a substitute to the globally accepted right to-self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen Chairperson, Zamruda Habib, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Zahoor Ahmad Butt and Hurriyet leader Shabbir Ahmad Dar and others continued their election boycott campaign in Srinagar, Islamabad, Shopian and Kulgam districts.

Meanwhile, Indian police raided the residence of JKLF District President in Badgam Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan and intimidated his family members. Police also launched crackdowns on users of social networking sites across the territory for mobilizing people to boycott the elections. Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir in a statement strongly condemned the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, on its activists.

On the other hand, a physically challenged youth, Mushtaq Kundoo who was beaten by Indian forces a few months ago, succumbed to his injuries at Soura in Srinagar. Injured Mushtaq was treated at three different hospitals in Srinagar, but was unable to recover from the severe injuries inflicted upon him by the Indian forces.

Four children were seriously injured when an unexploded teargas shell, fired by Indian forces, went off near Jamia Masjid in Sopore.

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