Omar Abdullah should make Centre initiate political process: Mirwaiz Farooq

, 11:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should press the Centre to initiate a “genuine” political process in Jammu and Kashmir or “resign” if his efforts in this regard fail, moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Saturday.

“Abdullah has been showing concern and is giving statements about the imperatives of a political solution and the failure and loss of credibility of state institutions…. “If he is sincere in what he is saying and genuinely believed he represents people, then he has a responsibility to make Indian Government stop its obduracy and initiate a genuine political process,” Hurriyat said in a statement here.

“If his attempts prove futile, Abdullah should take a firm position and resign and in doing so open a new vista for those in power to follow,” the statement said. Omar is member of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly from Beerwah. The Hurriyat also condemned the killing of another youth in Baramulla district of north Kashmir yesterday It asked the ruling politicians to use their influence with the Centre and Indian civil society to persuade them to immediately put an end to the violence and “seriously work towards a political solution”.

Referring to the resignation of PDP MP Tariq Karra, the Hurriyat said he has shown the way.