Making a mention of "unabated killings and suppression let loose on people of Kashmir", the Member Parliament from Peoples Democratic Party, Tariq Hameed Karra, on Thursday sent his resignation to the Lok Sabha Secretariat a week after he had announced to quit the Parliament and the PDP in protest against the Kashmir killings.
"I sent my resignation to Lok Sabha Secretariat this afternoon," Karra told Greater Kashmir. Along with the resignation, Karra attached a one-page 'protest letter' addressed to the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, citing therein the reasons behind his decision to quit.
Accusing the Parliament, Government of India and the State Government of failing to find a way out of "this painful situation for my people", Karra has termed the ongoing situation in Kashmir as "not only alarming but tragic as well".
Karra, one of the founding members of the PDP which was set up by former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in 1999, was against its alliance with BJP from the very outset and according to him had been cautioning both Mufti and incumbent Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the "dangerous repercussions" of going with the right-wing party.
Hailing from Batamallo Srinagar, Karra—the first general secretary of the PDP—formally started his political journey from Batmaloo constituency, which had fallen vacant following the demise of National Conference's Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah in 2004.
Having served as J&K's Finance Minister during the PDP-Congress government from 2003 to 2008, Karra's space however shrunk in the party after his defeat in 2008 election.
"Every single day Kashmiris are being butchered and fathers carry the coffins of their young loved ones and hundreds have been blinded and thousands injured," reads the letter by Karra to the LS Speaker. "The number of injured is outnumbering the hospital capacities and the number of arrested is outnumbering lockups."
Cautioning that the present situation in Kashmir can't be allowed to dither anymore as it could have dangerous consequences for the state, Karra has asked New Delhi to "reinforce its resolve to work through peaceful means and through public participation towards restoration of peace and resolution in Kashmir."
In the prevailing "agonizing" situation, Karra has written that he has decided to stand by "my suppressed people" instead of continuing as "member of a forum which is yet to make a tangible move to end the state-sponsored violence in Kashmir."
Talking to Greater Kashmir in the evening, Karra said his Personal Assistant had gone to submit the resignation in LS at 5 pm today.
"But the people concerned there had left. He (the PA) will hand over the resignation tomorrow morning," he said.
With his resignation, the PDP has now only one out of three Lok Sabha seats from Kashmir—the Baramulla LS seat represented by senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig. The other seat had fallen vacant in April this year when Mehbooba Mufti had resigned from South Kashmir's LS seat to contest the state Assembly election from Anantnag (Islamabad) constituency to enter the State Assembly. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of Mufti Sayeed.