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.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)