Terming the election drama a “military operation”, Hurriyat (G) Conference said that to ensure the “peace”, tens of thousands guns have been called in to “throttle and harass” the already suffocated population of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hurriyat in a statement said that had the rulers even an iota of self-esteem or a slight trace of respect for their democracy, they would have not caged the leaders and political workers thereby exhibiting a one-man show to achieve their goal of conducting shame elections.
Hurriyat condemned the arrest spree and placing resistance leaders under house arrest and called it as an extreme vandalism and coercion, which depicts a martial law like situation.
Hurriyat said that Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie remains under house arrest. While as Mohammad Yasin Malik is detained in Subjail Kothibagh and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Hakim Ab Rashid at Kotbalwal, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui, Nisar Hussain Rather, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Mir Hafizullah, Raies Ahmad Mir, Ashiq Hussain Narchoor, Sartaj Ahmad and Danish Ahmad and hundreds of other activists are either lodged in jail or in police stations.
Hurriyat said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but a shameful and cunning act.”, which rulers have exposed themselves to.
Reiterating its appeal for boycott, Hurriyat said that participation in elections amounts to treason and betrayal with martyr’s blood and disgrace for sacrifices rendered by our nation.
Hurriyat affirms its stand and commitment to continue its peaceful means to achieve the goal of freedom. Hurriyat said that we believe, any election process, the government tries to conduct, is nothing but an armed drill to threaten the common people thereby strengthening its illegal control in the land, but we are indebted by the sacrifices of our nation never to even think of any compromise and we pledge to take this sacred movement to its logical conclusion.