Boycott Polls: Syed Salahuddin

12 April 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The chairman of the United Jihad Council and supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, on Sunday urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott polls, and asked the pro-freedom leaders to launch a “rigorous” door-to-door poll-boycott campaign. In a statement, the Hizb supreme said people who would vote in the coming elections would be “considered as traitors who make a sellout of the martyrs’ blood.” Terming the elections in Jammu and Kashmir a cruel joke, Syed Salahuddin urged all leaders and constituents of the two Hurriyats to launch a “door-to-door, street-to-street and house-to-house” poll-boycott campaign to “educate and sensitize people about the disadvantages of participating in the elections.” “People must not forget that after a puppet government assumed power in December, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi claimed that it was vote against freedom and in favour of India,” Salahuddin said. He said Kashmiris have nothing to do with the polls. “Such elections will only affect our struggle for freedom,” he said. The Hizb supremo said the elections won’t solve any issue in the state. “Instead India is strengthening its military occupation by elections and oppressing people with the help of its army. People should desist from participating in the polls and demonstrate courage at this crucial juncture,” he said. “Those elements who have promised to help Kashmiris by deviating from the path of struggle must desist from pursuing such unscrupulous activities. Or else people won’t forgive them on the Day of the Judgment,” he said.