Listen to your conscience, resign: Mirwaiz to Pachayat members

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday asked Panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir to resign instead of becoming “tools to further political interests of India” in the state.
Mirwaiz communicated his massage to a high level delegation of Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Association led by their General Secretary Khurshid Ahmad Malik who called on former at party headquarters here.
The delegates apprised Mirwaiz about the situation in the aftermath of killing of panchayat members and failure of administration to protect them, a statement by the pro-freedom amalgam said.
Responding to the queries of delegations, Mirwaiz said that Kashmiris were engaged in the struggle for freedom from many decades.
“Being the members of Kashmiri nation, panchs and sarpanches should listen to their conscience,” Mirwaiz told the delegates, underscoring that it was highly regrettable on their part by “willingly participating in so called Panchayati election process and rejecting the political realities of Kashmir.”
Mirwaiz said that the democratic process was meaningful only at a place where people are politically free and enjoy full political rights.
“Situation in Kashmir is totally contrary as people are even denied basic right to life,” Mirwaiz said, adding, “Practically Kashmir is a police state and India is using the so called elections for its own political interests.”
Hurriyat media Advisor Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Hilal Ahmad War, Javaid Ahmad Mir and Shahid Saleem of Hurriyat Conference were also present in the meeting.