After lying low during Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) has asked people to stay away from parliamentary elections in the state and threatened "action" against them for violation. "We would take action against the people participating in parliamentary elections," LeT spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi told a local news agency.
Gaznavi said the outfit would carry "suicide attacks" in Srinagar. "People should keep away from political rallies and completely boycott the elections. People should restrain from working as polling agents of political leaders," Gaznavi was quoted as saying by another local news agency.
The Lashkar spokesman also threatened that the group will strike in Srinagar "in a big way" in the coming weeks. Anantnag, Srinagar and Baramulla parliamentary segments in the state are slated to go to polls on April 30, May 7 and May 13 respectively.
The threat of LET comes close on heels of a showdown between moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Omer Farooq and PoK-based United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of 13 militant outfits.
While Hurriyat has said it would not give a call for boycott of elections, UJC headed by Syed Salahuddin has asked people to stay away from Lok Sabha polls.
Despite a boycott call by separatists, a record voter turnout was witnessed during Assembly polls last year.