TeH leaders, activists stage protest

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Jammu Kashmir Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leaders and activists today staged protest at different places in Kashmir against the “harassment and ill treatment” meted out to the Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in Tihar and other jails. 
Appealing people to boycott the upcoming local bodies elections, the TeH leaders said, “those killing and subjecting innocents to atrocities don’t deserve vote and support. They are hand in glow with killer forces. We appeal people to stay away from election drama.”
TeH leaders including Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan and Rameez Raja led protest in Hyderpora area and appealed people to stay away from “shame elections.” 
“We are duty bound to safeguard the cherished sacrifices and participation in elections is tantamount to treason with the blood of martyrs,” a spokesman of the TeH, in a statement today, quoted the leaders as saying while addressing people.
“Meanwhile, the leaders including Muhammad Rafiq Owasi, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Meraj- ud-Din Rabbani, and Mudasir Ahmad Bhat addressed protests at  Lal Chowk, Islamabad (Anantnag),  Zainakot and Khimber respectively,” the spokesman said.
Lashing out at the ‘hypocritical approach’ of Indian authorities for their double standards, the TeH leaders said, “They are raising hue and cry over a convicted prisoner in Pakistan while their behavior is more callous  and inhuman with those languishing in Indian jails on fake charges.”
Commenting on the inhuman treatment meted out to prisoners, they in their appeal to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organisations for human rights to take cognizance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release.

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