Panchayat body rules out mass resignation

Srinagar: Blaming pro-India political parties for killing of its members, a body of Panchayat members on Tuesday said they won’t resign and would continue their work.
Addressing a press conference, the representatives of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) said that after deliberations with its members across the Valley, the body has decided not resign.
“After deliberations with members from every block, it was decided not resign, because people have given us mandate for solving their day-to-day issues and for development,” AJKPC spokesman Ghulam Hassan Panzoo said. “People have not given us mandate to resolve the Kashmir issue.”
Flanked by Congress activist and chairman of Kashmir Society, Farooq Renzu, who was ‘special invitee’, the Panchayat members condemned the killing of its members at the hands of unidentified gunmen.
“At the same time we condemn government attitude which neither investigated these killings nor gave us any protection,” they said.
“Had it been militants, they would have owned these killings,” Panzoo said, adding it is “pro-India parties which target us. They kill us because they don’t want our empowerment.”
The Panchayat members also announced that they will not attend any police and army functions. “We declare that will not attend police, army functions collectively. We’re a non-political forum.”
The AJKPC leaders also distancing themselves from Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Association, which had started a series of meetings with pro-freedom leadership to seek their suggestions. The association leaders had met Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
On the occasion, the AJKPC associated itself with ‘Kashmir Society’ headed by Renzu. Those who addressed press conference include its chairman Shafiq Mir.