Advertisement
Monday, May 16, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Tariq Karra Resigned As MP Six Months Ago Saying Kashmiris Are Butchered. He Joined The Congress Today

Incidentally, in Jammu and Kashmir, instead of the State Congress, it was the National Conference, which was first to felicitate Karra while state Congress leaders were silent about the development.

Tariq Karra Resigned As MP Six Months Ago Saying Kashmiris Are Butchered. He Joined The Congress Today
| Twitter/Omar Abdullah
Tariq Karra Resigned As MP Six Months Ago Saying Kashmiris Are Butchered. He Joined The Congress Today
outlookindia.com
2017-02-18T18:17:09+05:30

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hamid Karra joined the Congress party in New Delhi today in presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the party vice-president, Rahul Gandhi.

Incidentally, in Jammu and Kashmir, instead of the State Congress, it was the National Conference, which was first to felicitate Karra while state Congress leaders were silent about the development.

“Congratulations & best wishes to @tariqkarra as he begins his new innings as a member of @INCIndia”, tweeted NC working president, Omar Abdullah.

“Best wishes to @tariqkarra sb on his new innings as he joins the Indian National Congress”, tweeted, NC state spokesperson, Junaid Azim Mattu.

On September 15, last year, Karra resigned from his party, PDP, and the Lok Sabha.

 “Every single day, Kashmiris are being butchered, fathers carrying coffins of their beloved sons, hundreds being blinded and thousands being injured…Kashmiri blood is being spilled on walls, lanes and drains of the valley. For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, people of Kashmir were not allowed to offer Eid prayers. Grand mosque and shrines were locked.  My apprehension that the PDP’s facilitated RSS backed BJP will impose religious ingression stand vindicated today,” Karra had said while addressing a press conference at his Shiv Pora residence before announcing his resignation last year.

“My conscience cannot take it any long. My heart is bleeding and my soul is crying for the people of my homeland. Hence taking a call of my conscience and as mark of protest on moral grounds against the brutal policies of the BJP at the centre and the state government’s complete sell out and surrender before them, I have decided to disassociate myself from the primary membership of PDP and from the membership of Parliament,” he had said.

After protests erupted in Kashmir during the summer unrest of 2016, Hurriyat Conference and other separatist political parties had appealed to pro-India political leaders, legislators and the MPs to resign and join the “people’s movement.”

Karra had blamed the alliance between the PDP and the BJP for being responsible for the 2016 unrest, saying the “seeds of deceit, discontent and betrayal got sown in the hearts and minds of the people that very day when PDP got into an alliance with the BJP and formed a government.”

  In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Karra defeated National Conference president and former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah from the Srinagar- Budgam parliamentary seat.

 At least 80 civilians were killed and over 10,000 injured, by government forces firing bullets and pellets at stone and rock-throwing protesters during summer unrest of 2016.

Last year, protests erupted after the killing of rebel commander’s Burhan Muzaffer Wani on July 8.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement