Srinagar, April 06, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, has said that Kashmiri people reject holding of farcical elections in the territory under the Indian constitution.
Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing public gatherings in differentIMG_1576 areas of Pulwama and Shopian, today, appealed to the Kashmiris to totally boycott the forthcoming sham polls to convey to the world that they wanted freedom from Indian subjugation.
APHC leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Muhammad Iqbal Mir also addressed the gatherings. Their addresses were punctuated by forceful anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. Earlier, Indian police arrested Hurriyet leaders, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Mushtaq-ul-Islam, in Littar area of Pulwama to prevent them from joining Shabbir Shah and other leaders.
Senior APHC leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, in an interview in Srinagar said that the so-called elections in the territory were not a solution to the Kashmir dispute and they should only be seen as a process for running administrative affairs. He maintained that there would be no solution to the dispute till the aspirations of common Kashmiris were addressed.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the fresh arrest spree unleashed by the police in Baramulla, Islamabad and other areas of the territory. He said that scores of people had been arrested in the past few days during crackdown operations and house raids.
Meanwhile, Indian police took into custody Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, along with his associates in Watlab area of Sopore when he was on his way to Bandipora to address a public meeting in connection with the election boycott campaign.
On the other hand, people foiled the attempt of Indian police to arrest a Hurriyet activist in Hajin area of Bandipora district by staging a forceful demonstration, forcing the policemen to run away from the spot.
An Indian trooper committed suicide by hanging himself inside an army camp in Machil area of Kupwara district. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel to 311 since January 2007.
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