Srinagar: A Panchayat body on Tuesday rejected Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s allegation that village heads were working as ‘police informers’ in Kashmir
“If 17,000 Sarpanchs and Panchs in Kashmir had been working as police informers, then this resistance movement would have drowned (by now),” a spokesman of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Council (AJKPC), Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, told a local news agency GNS.
On Monday, Geelani had called village the Panchayat members as ‘police informers’ and had asked them to resign en-masse “so that a message could be given to the world that they support freedom struggle.”
But the AJKPC chief said the village heads also belong to Kashmir and Geelani’s remarks are “highly objectionable and sad.”
“It is very sad that Geelani labeled us police informers. We are not police informers. We too are Kashmiris and our kin and families have also sacrificed their lives for the resistance movement,” he said.
Questioning Geelani, the AJKPC chief asked, “Weren’t we part of this movement? Was Geelani alone running this movement?” He said village representatives also accept that Kashmir is an ‘issue’ and it is yet to be resolved. He, however, said, “We believe in democratic setup of India and we do have ideological differences with Geelani.”
“We are for development of our villages. Kashmir issue won’t end by our participation in Panchayat elections. We are not against movement,” the AJKPC chief said, adding that “everyone including India accepts Kashmir as a dispute.”
He called on village heads not to resign till new government takes charge in New Delhi. “We will go there after May 17 and see how they will respond. We would also take victims’ families and see what happens, and after that if the central government also fails us, we will resign en-masse,” he said.