Hurriyat threatens MPs, members of other houses with social boycott

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Pampore, Kashmir, Aug 16 (UNI) Asking Kashmiri MPs of both the Houses and other Houses belonging to different mainstream parties to resign, the Hurriyat Conference (HC) today threatened that they will be otherwise socially boycotted.

The HC also put some conditions for restoration of normalcy in the state, besides rejecting Assembly elections in the state.

Addressing a condolence held here to offer 'fateha' to senior HC leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz, killed in police firing in Baramulla during 'Muzaffarabad chalo' on August 11, Chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani said all the Kashmiri MPs and members of other Houses should immediately resign.

''We ask them to resign before we call for their social boycott,'' Mr Geelani said at the meeting which was attended by lakhs of people, who had come from all parts of the valley.

About the Amarnath land row, he said no Kashmiri Muslim is against the Yatra or yatris.

''No Kashmiri is against any religion or region,'' he said, but expressed concern over the economic blockade, attack on Muslims, Kashmiri drivers and Gujjars in Jammu.

Mr Geelani added, ''We are not against the Indian people, but we want our right to self determination.'' He appealed to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), UN and other Human Rights (HR) organisation as well as Pakistan to intervene and save the people of Kashmir from the situation which has arisen due to the alleged economic blockade, attacks on Muslims in Jammu and firing by the Indian security forces on the peaceful processionists in Kashmir.

Mr Geelani urged the Pakistani government not to act on the dictates of the United States.

Chairman of the HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq said the opening of the Sriangar-Muzaffarabad road for trade and free movement, withdrawal of troops and release of all detenues languishing in different jails in and outside the state for years were necessary for restoration of peace in the valley.

He also demanded the revocation of the Disturbed Area Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the state.

Mirwaiz also asked people to reach the United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) office on Monday.

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