Jamaat Supports Geelani’s Poll Boycott Call In Kashmir

Jamaat Supports Geelani’s Poll Boycott Call In Kashmir

16 November 2013
Authint Mail
Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar: Kashmir's influential politico-religious organization, Jamaat-e-Islami, Saturday supported the poll boycott call of pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani Jamaat-e-Islami chief, Muhammad Abdullah Wani, told Srinagar based CNS news agency that it has asked its cadre to stay away from the upcoming Indian parliamentary elections. “We appeal the people of Kashmir to boycott the elections as they did in past. It is the policy of Jamaat to stay away from polls since 1987 and we will adhere to this policy this time as well,” Wani said. Wani however said that Jamaat will not start a poll boycott campaign which has been launched by Mr Geelani in Kashmir soon afrer his release last month. “Propagation of religion is our basic priority but as Kashmiris, we support Kashmir cause and we wish that the issue should be resolved without any delay,” he said. “Jamaat wants UN resolutions should be implemented. In case India does not do so, it should include Kashmiri leadership into dialogue process. I do agree with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in which he has said that Kashmir issue could be resolved either through UN resolutions or triangular dialogue,” he said Any dialogue between India and Pakistan will be futile unless Kashmiris are involved in it and their aspirations are honoured, he said.