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Kashmiris urged to boycott last phase of polls.

ISLAMABAD, 12 May, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Various pro-liberation leaders and organisations in occupied Kashmir have appealed the masses to totally boycott the last phase of Indian parliamentary elections being held on Wednesday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the illegally detained leader of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued from Srinagar Central Jail called upon the people to stay away from the farcical polls to convey a message to the international community that their sacrifices were intended to secure their right of self-determination. He maintained that holding of farcical elections during the last over sixty years could not alter the disputed status of Kashmir. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is under house rest for last several days, in a statement issued in Srinagar asked the people to remain aloof from the election process. He said that the Kashmiris were democratic but they would never participate in any exercise, which could take them away from their liberation movement. Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association, Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Mass Movement, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Democratic Political Movement and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League have also urged the people to completely boycott the elections, as polls were no solution to the decades-long Kashmir dispute.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 12, 2009
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