We Are Not Police Informers, Panchayat Body Tells Geelani

13 May 2014
Kashmir Watch

Srinagar: Reacting to Syed Ali Geelani's allegation that elected village heads were working as 'police informers', a Panchayat body in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday said if the village council members worked for police Kashmir's freedom movement would have been over. 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'. 'If 17000 Sarpanches and Panches in Kashmir are police informers according to Geelani 'Sahab' then we tell him that this resistance movement would have drowned,' the spokesman of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Council, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, told GNS. He 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 resistance movement,' he said. Questioning Hurriyat chairman, he 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,' 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.'