Srinagar: A second rung leader of
separatist outfit Ittehadul Muslimeen (IuM) has been elected
as sarpanch in a north Kashmir village though his organisation
claimed that he has resigned from the party.
The former district general secretary of IuM, the
suspended constituent of the moderate faction of Hurriyat
Conference, Mohammad Abbas Pandit successfully fought the
panchayat elections on May 21 in the Pattan block of Baramulla
district`s Mirgund village.
IuM was last month suspended from the Hurriyat after
its patron Maulana Abbas Ansari met Centre`s interlocutors,
against the decision of the amalgam of not engaging with the
panel headed by veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar.
While IuM president Masroor Abbas Ansari claimed that
Pandit had resigned from the party before taking part in the
election, senior Ansari backed the new sarpanch saying these
elections have nothing to do with the resolution of Kashmir
"This is not an Assembly or parliamentary election.
This is about the issues of villages. It has nothing to do
with the solution of Kashmir issue," Ansari said.
Ansari said his party`s position is that it has
nothing to do with Panchayat elections and will work for the
resolution of the Kashmir issue.