Dubbing the upcoming Assembly elections as a "ploy" and a "drama" to mislead the world, United Jehad Council (UJC) - an amalgam of over a dozen militant outfits active in Jammu and Kashmir - has called for "social boycott" of mainstream politicians.
"The elections (for 87-member assembly) is a futile exercise aimed at hoodwinking the world community about the ground situation. Pro-Indian politicians taking part in these elections are traitors," Chairman of PoK-based UJC and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Sallahuddin said in a statement.
The statement, which appeared in the locals dalies today, appealed to the people to socially boycott these "self-centred" and "hungry for power" people.
He also appealed people, transporters and others not to take part in the election process.
Holding of elections is a "futile exercise and a ploy aimed at hoodwinking the international community about the ground situation... A message is being conveyed that the situation in the Kashmir valley is normal," Sallahuddin said.
"The reality is that the whole valley has been turned into a fortress where imposition of curfew has become the order of the day. Everyday Hurriyat leaders and pro-freedom people are being arrested," the militant leader said.
Lashing out at international human rights outfits, Sallahuddin questioned "why they are silent and turning a blind eye?
"The enacting of election drama in Kashmir is India's admission of the failure to suppress the people's voice...," he said referring to the recent pro-independence rallies in the valley.
"We appeal to the people not to fall prey to the propaganda of the Indian stooges and sell their sacrifices for petty things like roads, schools and electric poles. Instead, reject these 'unconscious minds and traitors" and socially boycott them," the UJC chairman said.
He strongly condemned the arrest of Hurriyat leaders.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, acting chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Chief of Ahlihadees Moulvi Shoukat Ahmad Shah were arrested under unlawful activities act for launching anti-poll campaign last week.
Sallahuddin urged the separatist leadership to join hands and carry out the poll boycott campaign under the banner of Co-ordination Committee which spearheaded the agitation against transfer of land to Amarnath shrine board in July.