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People urged to stay away from sham polls

Srinagar, April 15, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have appealed to the Kashmiri people to stay away from the election drama being staged by India in the territory to hoodwink the international community.

The leaders of the forum patronized by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Raja Meraj-ud-din and Farooq Ghautapori addressed a number of anti-election rallies and distributed posters in the territory.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Shabbir Ahmad Dar also addressed a public gathering in Tral as part of their election boycott campaign. They vowed to continue their struggle till the withdrawal of Indian troops from the territory. Later, Indian police arrested the leaders in Awantipora while they were returning to Srinagar.

Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Firdous Ahmad Shah, Zamruda Habib, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Jamaat-e-Islami in their separate statements denounced the torture and arrest of Muhammad Yasin Malik and other JKLF leaders during an election-boycott rally in Islamabad town.

On the other hand, thousands of people attended funeral prayers of two youth in Pulwama, who were martyred by Indian troops during siege and search operation in the district, the other day. People on the occasion took to the streets and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Meanwhile, people staged protests against the destruction of houses and killing of two youth by Indian troops in Ahmad Nagar area of Srinagar. APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javed Ahmad Mir along with a delegation visited the area and expressed solidarity with the families whose residential houses were destroyed by the troops during an operation.

The civil society members at a roundtable conference organized in Srinagar by Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies revealed that Indian Army was using radioactive element, Uranium, in the explosions carried out during artillery drills at Tosa Maidan in Badgam district. The APHC in a statement reiterated its demand for withdrawal of Indian troops from the occupied territory including Tosa Maidan

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