Stating that they would not be "part of nefarious designs of politicians who are just after the chair (power)" All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) Thursday said that they will not support any political party in upcoming by-polls.
Addressing media persons here Thursday, the AJKPC chairman, Shafiq Mir, said that panchayat institution is apolitical and urged all panchs and sarpanchs to refrain from being part of any political activity.
"We will not become agents of any political party. We are community leaders and will work for our community only", said Mir adding they should not be attacked for the "sins of politicians who have been looting this state and shedding the blood of innocent Kashmiris for their political interests."
"Panchs and Sarpanchs are made targets as and when any political process for holding of elections begins in the state," he said.
"We want to make it clear that we are not political groups but the community groups. We are neither associated nor affiliated with any political party. We don't support any political party of politicians directly or indirectly," he said.
He added that their job as gross root level representatives is limited to only local developmental and social matter.
He said that All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference have asked all the Panchayat leaders not to take part in any sort of political activities and only focus on the developmental and community issues in their respective areas.
He said that nearly 15 Sarpanches have been killed in the past five years in Jammu and Kashmir by unidentified gun men for which he holds the political parties responsible. Clarifying their stand on the upcoming parliament elections Mir said that Panchayats are community institutions and they have nothing to do with the political activities and they don't want to be "part of nefarious designs of politicians who are just after the chair at any cost."
About the upcoming Panchayat elections in the state, he said that it will be decided later and it will be totally a non political institution.
He also expressed concern over the recent civilian and teen age killings. He said Panchayat Conference will not maintain silence over the human rights violations. He also demanded unconditional dialogue process to be initiated with the youth of Kashmir "instead of crushing their voice."
Earlier, this body of Panchayat representatives held a daylong conference and castigated state government for "curtailing their only limited powers."