SRINAGAR, Mar 19 (SABAH): All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has criticized the state authorities for restricting and arresting pro-freedom leaders, terming it their “frustration.”
Geelani, in a statement said, “The election process in JK has been reduced to mere drama enacted by the government, thereby scandalising the whole exercise through deceitful means.”
He said, “The Supreme Court ruling states that participation in poll processes is neither compulsory nor campaign for poll boycott comes within the domain of any offence. However, soon after notification for elections is announced, the authorities create martial law like situation in state.”
“We believe in right to freedom and expression and won’t thrust our opinion about poll boycott. However, we will reach out to the people and ask them to stay away from these manipulated elections,” he said.
Geelani asked state authorities to desist from creating a ‘scare and appalling situation’ and “allow us to convey our stance about these polls”.
“The authorities should allow us to avail the right to reach out to people. When the contesting candidates are not barred from reaching out to the people, why is the resistance camp denied this right? It will testify the acceptance among masses and the verdict of people regarding their aspirations,” said Geelani, claiming that “The People will boycott these polls provided we are allowed to covey our stance.”
He said, “Holding elections amidst 10 lakh forces personnel is mockery and just a drama. We and people of state do have regard for people’s opinion, however instead of becoming a part of these sham elections we will express our verdict regarding the political future of state through referendum under the supervision of international community,”