Fear-stricken Panchayat members to meet pro-freedom leadership

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Worried about their safety in the wake of increasing attacks on Panchayat members by suspected militants, the fear-stricken Panchs and Sarpanchs have decided to meet top leadership of the pro-freedom camp.
Representatives of the Panchayat members, who are staging protests in Srinagar on Monday against the government for its failure to protect them, will constitute a six-member team which will meet the top leadership of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and the newly floated Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir led by Shabir Shah.
“We are all set to assemble at Pratap Park on Monday to protest against the failure of the government to protect our lives. All the members registered with the association have been informed about the program. A team of six-members which will meet the pro-freedom leadership will be constituted at the program venue,” general secretary, Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Association (JKPA), Khursheed Malik, told Kashmir Reader on Sunday.
“We will share everything with these leaders. We will tell them how the pro-India political parties (used us) for their interests. We will request them to come clear on what they feel about the Panchayats. If they tell us that we are harming their cause we will go for mass resignation,” Malik said.
He said that most of the representatives of the association are of the view that “we should announce mass resignation during the protest program on Monday.”
“Political parties have put our lives in danger. Our cries for our safety seem to go unheard. I personally don’t think there is any other option than to go for mass resignation,” he said.