Srinagar: The moderate faction of Hurriyat
Conference on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to step
down charging him with failure to put an end to human rights
violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Present government claimed that human rights violations
would not be tolerated but army and other forces are indulging
in it daily. A sense of insecurity grips people. When Delhi is
not responding to the CM`s pleas on the issue, he should
resign", leader of the faction Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told
reporters at the end of the amalgam`s two-day meeting here.
Accusing the Chief Minister of failing to protect the
lives of people of the state, he said, "The writ of the state
government does not run here as the Army, BSF, CRPF and police
enjoy an upper hand. Literally, security forces are ruling the
state. The Deputy Commissioners in districts are without
Alleging that the Union Government had turned the state
into a garrison, he said the army and paramilitary forces are
not deployed in the state to fight militants but to suppress
"They have set up camps and bunkers in cities and towns.
People are being killed in places where these camps and
bunkers are located. Army and paramilitary forces are here to
suppress the protestors against rights violations," he said.
Condemning the alleged beating up of journalists by
police yesterday during a PDP protest march demanding
resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan for the
resolution of Kashmir issue, the Hurriyat leader said, "People
are under the impression that local police will be sympathetic
but they are also using sticks and guns to silence people."
Commenting on the opposition PDP`s suggestion to fight
for resolution of Kashmir issue, he described the party and
its rival National Conference as "pro-Indian" which wanted
resolution of the issue to gain power.