Senior People's Democratic Party leader and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Tariq Karra has resigned from his party and parliamentary membership in protest of government's failure to deal with the ongoing unrest in the valley. The leader has accused PDP of working as per the directions received by Bhartiya Janata Party. Blaming Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the current situation in Kashmir valley, he said that government has completely failed to deal with the unrest.
Karra is considered as a strong leader in Srinagar region and had defeated National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah in 2014 general elections. Karra had served as the finance minister in the PDP government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2002. The leader was one of the few who had openly opposed to the alliance between Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu and Kashmir. However, he has resigned citing failure of the government to deal with ongoing unrest in the state. Eighty people have died and over 10,000 injured in clashes with security forces in the valley since July 9, after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.