In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, has condemned the repressive attitude of Indian armed forces towards the Kashmiris ahead of sham polls saying that police are arresting and harassing released youth all over the territory.
According to Media sources, a delegation comprising the youth released from illegal detention and their parents called on the JKSM Chairman and briefed him about the ongoing arrest spree in south Kashmir ahead of sham polls.
The delegation apprised him that police were raiding the houses of released youth who were earlier booked under black law, Public Safety Act. They said that it was being done under a planned strategy to make farcical elections a success.
Zafar while denouncing the arrest spree appealed to the Amnesty International to take a strong notice of the continued human rights violations by Indian troops and police in the occupied territory.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown wa observed, today, against the arrest of hundreds of pro-freedom leaders and activists by Indian police to make the holding of sham elections in the territory a success.
According to Media sources, normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani.
Schools, colleges, shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the road due to the strike.
On the other hand, body of a 20-year-old missing youth, Ishfaq Ahmad Butt, was found under mysterious circumstances in Lolab.
Meanwhile, Indian paramilitary personnel carried out house-to-house searches in Court Road area of Lal Chowk in Srinagar creating panic among the residents.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) in its election boycott campaign has urged the people to stay away from farcical elections to expose India’s nefarious designs aimed at misleading the world community about the Kashmir dispute.
According to Media sources, the JKPFL leader, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, accompanied by Arshad Aziz, Gulzar Ahmed and other party activists during their visit at various places of Islamabad and Kulgam districts briefed the people about the harmful effects of casting vote in the farcical elections on the ongoing liberation movement. They also distributed posters and pamphlets regarding election boycott among the people during the campaign.
Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah said that to remain away from polling was the best tribute to the Kashmiri martyrs, who had laid down their lives for the freedom of Kashmir from India.
In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), a constituent of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, has said that the pro-India political parties have miserably failed to attract the common Kashmiris to the farcical electoral process as an overwhelming majority of the people was staying away from this exercise in spite of lollypops being offered by the these parties.
According to Media sources, APHC leader and Senior Vice Chairman of JKPM, Mir Shahid Saleem, while addressing a party meeting at Bufliaz in Surankot said that restrictions imposed on Hurriyet leaders to prevent them from carrying out the election boycott campaign was not only undemocratic but also amounted to violation of the fundamental rights of the people.
He said that in occupied Kashmir, India was not even caring for the rulings made by its Supreme Court that had stated that campaign for the election boycott was a democratic exercise and every political party had a right to carry out a peaceful election boycott campaign.
The APHC leader said that the puppet administration was scared of the popularity of the Hurriyet leadership among the masses and that’s why they were not being allowed to conduct mass contact programmes. He said that the Kashmiris were not only refusing to be the part of this farcical electoral exercise but also they were chasing away everyday the pro-India politicians who come to conduct election rallies and meetings in their areas.
Among other party leaders who spoke on the occasion included Khadim Hussain, Arshad Manhas, Shakeel Ahmed and Abdul Ghani.
In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper has committed suicide in Udhampur district.
According to Media sources, the trooper of Signal regiment identified as Lance Naik Waghmare Kailash Laxman Rao ended his life by shooting himself with his service weapon at his barrack.
This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel to 312 since January 2007.
Meanwhile, tension gripped Sopore town after Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells on peaceful pro-freedom protesters and arrested many of them.
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Kashmiris urged to Remain Aloof from Farcical Polls.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Islamic Political Party Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, has urged the people to completely boycott the sham elections and pro-India parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Congress.
According to Media sources, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement issued in Srinagar said that these parties had been tasked to suppress the Kashmiri people and strengthen the forcible occupation of India over Jammu and Kashmir. “In return they are rewarded with power and other benefits. Their hands are soaked in the blood of innocent people. Voting them is to invite more death and destruction in Kashmir,” he stated.
The APHC leader said that the unabated oppression by Indian troops and police was haunting the Kashmiris every time and they could never forget how Indian forces were killing, arresting and torturing innocent people and subjecting youth to custodial disappearance.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, addressing election boycott meetings in Adipora and Batapora areas of Sopore also called upon the people to remain aloof from the so-called elections. “Because of these fraud elections we have suffered hugely on international front. This is a serious issue and we must deal with it seriously keeping in view the sacrifices offered by our martyrs,” he said.
He pointed out that India had always misled the international community with these elections and termed them as a substitute to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.