JKLF holds an election boycott candle March at Sher I Khaas

Police and forces Attack the rally at Bahawdin sahib and Bohrikadal

SHEHR I KHAAS: Senior leader of Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF)  Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi along with Ghulam Rasool Hazari and others was today arrested when they were leading a candle march at Down town ( Shehr I Khaas) today evening. The candle march was organized in connection with the election boycott campaign and starting from Mukhdoom sahib shrine and its destination was Khankahi Mohalla Srinagar.  Despite a crackdown on JKLF leaders, workers and activists ,JKLF leaders and activists holding burning candles (MASHAAL) in their hands raised slogans in favor of freedom, martyrs, struggle and leaders and marched towards the destination. This procession was passing through Bahawdin sahib when police in large numbers cordoned it and tried to stop its march. Police arrested Showkat sahib and Ghulam Rasool Hazari but the participants of the rally provided stiff resistance and broke the cordon OF police and other forces. The participants of the procession with burning torches in their hands marched through Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta ,Malarat and Bohri Kadal where police again intercepted the procession and used force to disperse it . The passion and enthusiasm of the participants especially the youth was a treat to watch and the slogans in favor of election boycott filled the atmosphere on the occasion participants especially the youth provided stiff resistance and slogans of “boycott boycott election boycott” filled the atmosphere.

Before the rally Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi  while talking to media person and participants of the rally termed Indian elections as a stage managed drama and army and police operation and said that India has been repeating this drama to hoodwink international opinion .Bakhshi sahib  while asking the people  to keep away from Indian elections said that we Kashmiris will have to keep in mind the ill effects and bad consequences of participating in Indian elections and that that boycotting these elections is our moral and political right as well as duty because these elections are meant to weaken our freedom struggle and voice. He said that participating in these elections cannot be termed but as betrayal as this is against the national interests of Kashmiris.

Bakhshi sahib said that today pro India parties and their leaders fearing the strength of boycott have started a malicious campaign against the boycott call. They are propagating that this boycott is benefitting some and harming some pro India parties. We want to tell them all that elections held under the Indian constitution are in every case harmful for the nation of Kashmir and people who contest and take part in these are nothing but stooges of India and they are the handle of Indian axe that is and has been crushing and killing Kashmiris. He said, that for freedom lovers, it hardly matters who is a beneficiary and who is loser. For the people of Jammu Kashmir all these pro India parties and leaders are same and their job is to harm the interests of Kashmiris

Bakhshi sahib said that if this election was democratic as put by India and its stooges how come Indian state and its Kashmiri puppets have started a crack down on political leadership and activists. Baskshi sahib said that so far police along with front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik have arrested leaders and activists of JKLF  including advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Mohammad Azeem Zargar, Arshid Ahmad Bhat ( Jan) Fayaz  Ahmad, Imtiyaz Ahmad etc. From last 2 days police besides raiding and searching for JKLF leaders, activists and workers throughout valley have arrested Bashir Ahmad Rather ( Boya )and Gayas ud Din from Ganderbal, Mohammad Aadil and Ishfaq Hussain from Maisuma, Mohammad Ahsan from Kokerbazar and Ghulam Jeelani from Kangan area. Police has launched a hunt for JKLF leaders and activists and besides this thousands of innocent youth have been put behind the bars so far.

Showkat sahib said all these atrocities, arrests, oppressive measures and ban on peaceful political activities clearly show that this election is nothing but a military operation of worst kind and its only purpose is to hoodwink international opinion under the garb of democracy. Bakshi sahib said that a war like situation has been created by police and forces and this is dubbed as democracy. He questioned that if this is democracy then what is dictatorship?  Bakhshi sahib said that the main aim and objective of elections organized by India and held under Indian constitution is to prolong the slavery of Kashmiris, to legislate new tyrannical and oppressive laws against people of Jammu Kashmir and to subject Kashmiris to torture and repression .Therefore participation in these election In any name is enmity with Kashmir and Kashmiris and no Kashmiri can ever think of this betrayal. He appealed the people of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal,Baramullah,Bandipora and Kupwara to show resilience like the people of south Kashmir and boycott this election fraud