Omar said the decision to boycott the elections should be based on conviction and not fear. He further asked the motive behind instilling fear in the minds of the people.

The National Conference (NC) leader added that the use of violence is an acceptance of one’s weakness since the violent forces are aware that the people would definitely vote in the absence of fear.

“I unequivocally condemn the attacks in Pulwama that left three political works dead. By all means call for a boycott of the polls. 1/3,” Omar said on Twitter on Tuesday.
 “The decision to boycott should be based on conviction not fear. We don't terrorise people to vote so why instil fear to enforce boycott 2/3,” he added.
“The use of violence is an acceptance of the weakness of your argument because you know that in the absence of fear people WILL vote 3/3,” he further tweeted.
A sarpanch and a village official were on Monday shot dead by militants in separate incidents in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
   
Militants barged into the house of Congress sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Mir at Batagund in Tral area on Monday night and opened indiscriminate fire, police said.
   
Mir died on the spot while his son Firdous Ahmad was injured in the incident.
   
In the second incident, militants shot at Mohammad Anwar Sheikh (60), who was working as 'Numberdar' (village official) while he was coming out of a mosque at Amlar in Tral area.
   
Sheikh was rushed to hospital where doctors had declared him brought dead.

(JPN)

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