Kashmiri lawmaker resigns from India’s parliament to protest state brutality in held-Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A prominent pro-India Kashmiri politician has resigned from India’s Parliament and from his regional party to protest a government crackdown in Kashmir that prevented people from offering Eid prayers for the first time in the occupied region.

Tariq Hameed Karra, a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party, said he quit on Thursday to express his anger over the “brutal policy” followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the acquiescence of his party, a coalition partner.

His decision is a setback for his party in India-held Kashmir, which has been wracked by massive protests for the past two months following the killing of a top rebel leader.

More than 80 people have been killed and thousands wounded, mostly by government forces firing bullets and shotgun pellets to quell the protests.

Human rights violations in India-held Kashmir are not an internal matter of the Indian state, said Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general Iyad Amin Madani last month.

The head of the world’s largest bloc of Muslim countries had expressed concern over human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, which has seen weeks of deadly clashes between Muslim protesters and police. Agencies