Srinagar: Condemning the two-year imprisonment awarded to Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri lobbyist nabbed by US authorities and convicted by court for promoting Pakistani line on Kashmir dispute on Islamabad's payroll, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday called for a shut down in the Kashmir valley on April 7.

“Fai has been sentenced to two-year imprisonment due to pressure mounted by India. He was raising voice of Kashmiri people that’s why he has been victimised,” said Gilani, addressing people in Baramula district.

He also appealed people to boycott the upcoming local body-poll saying “the polls are going to be conducted in order to show the world that Kashmiri people have faith in Indian constitution. But in reality the people of Kashmir are struggling  for the past six decades not to witness elections.”

Gilani asked people to boycott all such elections until their “basic rights” are not guaranteed by the government of India.

Reacting to the proposed meeting on Sunday between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani asked the latter to fulfill his “responsibility” towards Kashmiri people by pressurising India to hand over their “rights”.

Earlier, a US court sentenced Ghulam Nabi Fai, a US-based Kashmiri activist, to two years in prison on March 31 on charges of illegally working for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

JPN/Bureau