People reject poll boycott campaign in J-K
23 August 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Despite support from pro-Pakistan outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, the call for general strike given by Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a women''s militant outfit, to launch the poll boycott campaign evoked scant response from the people. Vehicular movement along the roads of Srinagar city and inter-district routes was normal while shops and business establishments functioned with half the shutters rolled down. This clearly indicates the lack of enthusiasm among the people to boycott the polls and rejecting the militantsí call for general strike. Attendance in government and semi-government offices was also normal while the strike call did affect the number of students attending schools and educational institutions. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of the nation) chief Aasiya Andrabi, who is wanted by Jammu and Kashmir police for her alleged involvement in hawala transactions funding militancy in the state, had issued a call for strike to launch an anti-poll campaign. Several militant outfits, including Lashkar and Hizb had supported the call.