Panchayat body reacts to Geelani’s charge

‘If we spy on freedom camp, it’ll be all over’

SRINAGAR: “If 17000 Sarpanches and Panches in Kashmir are police informers as Mr. Geelani believes, then we must tell him that his resistance movement would have drowned had we chosen to spy against the freedom camp,” the spokesman of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Council, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Monday, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Geelani had called village heads ‘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”.

He said the village heads also belong to Kashmir and termed Geelani’s remarks are highly objectionable and saddening . “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 resistance movement,” he said.

Questioning Chairman of Hurriyat G, Sheik said , “Was Geelani alone running this movement?” He said village representatives also accept that Kashmir is an unresolved issue. 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,” he said 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 17 and see how they will respond. We would also take victims’ families and see what happens and after that if Central Government also fails us, we will resign en-masse.”

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