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Boycott upcoming polls: Geelani to people..

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today urged the people of state to boycott upcoming elections, saying that “it provides Indian leadership opportunity to mislead world community”.

“Those who vote in elections are not only committing an act of treason but their actions are also acting as oxygen for the forcible control of Kashmir. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and refrain from such activities which may prove counterproductive for our movement,” the Hurriyat spokesman quoted Geelani as having said while addressing the mourners telephonically at Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Ahmad Bhat’s funeral in Pulwama.

Two militants, Sameer Tiger and Aquib Khan, and a civilian Shahid Ashraf Dar were killed on Monday at Drubgam in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Paying rich tributes to the slain youth, Geelani said, “Our youth are laying their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation and putting a huge responsibility on our shoulders to honor these sacrifices and take the movement to its logical end.

He said, “Our youth are sacrificing their present for the betterment of our tomorrow. We should never barter the martyrs’ sacrifices for petty material gains like employment and development and never should we extend our support to those showering bullets and pellets.”  He asked people to repose faith in Almighty Allah and follow mission with dedication and avoid all differences.

Meanwhile, the spokesman strongly decried authorities’ ‘dictatorial’ decision to put political leaders and activists under house detention, terming as ‘unjustified’ the house detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi, Bilal Sidiqee, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Omar Adil Dar and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder.

“It is a deliberate attempt to keep the leaders away from masses,” the spokesman said, adding that “The authorities feel scare about people’s sentiments and lay undue curbs and restrictions. No one can stop us from our mission.”

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