Separatists appeal for boycott of polls
10 January 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar: With civic polls round the corner in Jammu and Kashmir, four separatist organisations today jointly appealed to people to boycott the municipal elections being held for the first time in the State after 28 years. The appeal was issued by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Jammu and Kashmir Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees (JKAH) in a joint statement released to the press after a meeting today. Terming the polls as 'useless exercise', the leaders of the four organisations said the democratic exercise was 'against the interests' of people and should be boycotted at every level. Acting president of JKHCBA Ghulam Nabi Dar, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and JKDFP chief Shabir Ahmad Shah said they would be launching anti-election campaign in the State as the 'drama' of polls was no solution to the Kashmir issue. They also criticised Union Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, quoting him as having said in Pakistan that he was representing Kashmiris in the Secretary-level talks held in Islamabad recently.