Shopian: After Sopore, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani reiterated his poll boycott call in this south Kashmir town on Wednesday urging people to boycott the upcoming Assembly and Parliamentary elections.
“Election participation is harmful to our freedom movement. We should refrain from it. I want you all to join the door-to-door poll boycott campaign and urge others not to participate in elections,” Geelani said while addressing a public rally in the main town here.
Geelani termed the pro-India political parties and their candidates as “agents of New Delhi who play with the sentiments, lives and honour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“These pro-India parties, whether belonging to PDP, Congress, NC or the Third Front, are products of New Delhi who raise sentimental slogans and urge people to vote for them. But they are all part of India’s structure of occupation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Hitting out at PDP, which is believed to enjoy some support in south Kashmir, Geelani said that the party considers itself as sympathizer of people of Jammu and Kashmir, “but it is product of New Delhi and part of its politics of manipulations.”
“Few days ago, some PDP member said in his statement that by giving poll boycott calls I am supporting NC which has been exploiting the people of Kashmir. He behaved as if PDP is a party of angels,” said Geelani.
He said that the people of Kashmir remember when in 2005 an Army Major raped a mother-daughter duo in Handwara, and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the then Chief Minister, “despite knowing everything, said that ‘nothing has happened’.”
“If Mufti sahib is sympathizer of Kashmiri people, why did not he punish the guilty or resign,” Geelani asked. He said that people should not vote for those “under whose rule their lives, property, honor, dignity and culture are not safe.”
“Take pledge in front of me by raising your hands that you will not vote any pro-India party under whose rule our lives, property, honor, dignity and culture are not safe,” Geelani urged the gathering.
He also urged people to boycott the New Delhi-based monthly journal Al-Risala which is published by Maulana Waheed-ud-Din Khan, who he said supports Indian interests and secularism.