SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom group Hurriyat Conference on Saturday appreciated former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, for showing concern over the ongoing uprising in Kashmir valley, which has led to nearly 90 deaths in 77 days.

Abdullah was the chief minister in 2010 when Kashmir saw a similar anti-government uprising following a fake military encounter. The uprising resulted in over 120 civilian deaths.

In a statement issued to JandK Now, Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq acknowledged that Abdullah was showing concern and speaking about the imperatives of a political solution and the failure and loss of credibility of state institutions in this regard.

“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,” the Hurriyat stated.

“If his attempts prove futile, Mr. Abdullah should take a firm position and resign and in doing so open a new vista for those in power to follow,” the Hurriyat said.

The pro-freedom group cited founding member of ruling Peoples Democratic Party and parliamentarian Tariq Hammed Karra’s resignation, saying he had taken a lead and shows the way.

The group reiterated its earlier appeal to “those who claim to be the elected representatives” to seriously work towards a political solution of Kashmir conflict or give up.