SRINAGAR: The chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani has refuted the statement published in a New Delhi based newspaper which had quoted him as saying election boycott call ‘displayed immaturity’ of pro-freedom leadership. In a statement Geelani while refuting the report said, “The boycott by people of Srinagar, Varmul and Sopur has shaken New Delhi and given a fresh lease of life to the ongoing movement.”
“Elections are being conducted in Kashmir for past 60 years. But it has failed to resolve the dispute. It is only the sacrifices of Kashmiris particularly during the past two decades, which has highlighted the Kashmir dispute internationally. I salute the people of Kashmir for their resilience and courage,
Meanwhile The Coordination Committee has been calling for half-day strike and protests against the elections for the past two months. The government has been thwarting the protests by imposing undeclared curfews on the Fridays.
“We are grateful to the people of Srinagar for boycotting the so-called elections. We are aware that people have suffered harassment at the hands of troops and cops during the undeclared curfew for past over two months. We want to maintain it clear that the ongoing movement will continue till Kashmir’s freedom. However, to give some relief to people there will be no strike tomorrow,” chairman of Hurriyat Conference and co-chairman of the Committee, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Greater Kashmir.
The Committee, which is a conglomerate of pro-freedom parties, traders, lawyers and members of civil society, said there will be no strike on Friday. The Kashmir Coordination Committee has said it will soon announce fresh programme to push for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
The co-chairman of CC and Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the decision to call off the strike on Friday was also taken to facilitate congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid. He urged imams of the Masjids to condemn denial of human and religious rights to people of Kashmir.
“For consecutive seven Fridays people could not offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid due to undeclared curfew. This is brazen interference into religious affairs of Muslims by the government. We want to facilitate people to offer prayers,” Geelani said.
The Senior Superintendent of Police SSP Srinagar Syed Afadul Mujtaba said, “If there is no call for strike or protests for Friday there will be no restrictions in the city.”
Mirwaiz and Geelani condemned use of force by troopers on unarmed people who were protesting against the elections in Old city. Questioning legality of elections in Kashmir, they said the polls have no relevance in presence of ten lakh troops. “It should be resolved according to UN resolutions,” they said. Meanwhile, the CC has condemned the continuous house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani.-SANA