Gilani calls for boycott of sham polls in IOK

ISLAMABAD: Veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has called for boycott of the so-called assembly elections in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani said in a statement issued from Srinagar that there was no justification of conducting sham polls when Kashmiri people were struggling for their survival, KMS reported.

He appealed people to boycott the polls. He said, “The authorities totally ignored all the difficulties and miseries of the flood-hit people and announced the election drama.”

He said that Kashmir was a disputed territory and election here was a military operation, which was held to befool the Indian people and the international community.

The veteran Hurriyet leader also expressed satisfaction over the rescue and relief work done by various pro-freedom organisations.

He condemned the arrest of Hurriyet leader, Ayaz Akbar, Bilal Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf, Sajad Ahmad, Rayees Ahmad Butt and Shabbir Ahmad. He said, “Arresting and harassing the people at this time of disaster is the worst kind of political vengeance.”