March 2004 News

Jihad council calls for polls boycott

3 March 2004
The Daily Times

SRINAGAR: Kashmir's main militant alliance, United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahudin, on Tuesday called on Kashmiris to boycott upcoming Indian parliamentary elections.'History won't forget or forgive those who yield to force or greed and participate in the elections,' he said. Mr Salahudin is also the supreme commander of dominant militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, which is among a dozen militant groups that form the UJC.Asserting that elections under Indian rule are no solution to the Kashmir problem, Mr Salahudin appealed to Kashmiris to abstain from voting in the poll, which will be held in four phases from April 20. 'I am hopeful my people will show regard to martyrs' blood and keep distance from Indian puppets and their associates,' Mr Salahudin said.He said Kashmiris were 'fighting for their liberation and not for gaining petty favours'. -AFP


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