Separatist leader elected Sarpanch in north Kashmir village
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 16:03
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 issue.

"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.


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 16:03

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