Muftis Have Defaced PDP, Says Party MLA
10 March 2008
Srinagar: Close on the heels of the expulsion of former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir, from the PDP, another MLA, Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan, has raised the banner of revolt against the party leadership. Earlier another senior party leader Sadiq Ali left PDP and announced his decision to rejoin the National Conference. Khan, who represents the Beeru assembly constituency and is the former minister for Hajj and Auqaf affairs, has deplored Mir’s ouster, and issued a statement leveling serious accusations at party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, and president, Mahbooba Mufti. “The party that we had conceived as a political alternative is long dead, and Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and Mahbooba Mufti, who believe in the “divide and rule” policy, are responsible for the demise,” Khan’s statement said He said that there was no justification for Mir’s expulsion because he was among the founder members of the party. “The negative attitude of the PDP patron and president has distorted the image of the party from the outset, and now it has become the legacy of strangers,” he said. “Expelling leaders who enjoy public confidence is an inappropriate step which can prove to be the last nail in PDP’s coffin,” he said. Meanwhile, Mir’s supporters held protest demonstrations in Jammu and Rajouri against his expulsion. Advocate Muddassir Nawaz Zargar led a protest march by Mir’s supporters in Jammu, and declaring him a founder member of the party, shouted slogans against the decision of the PDP leadership. A similar marchwas taken out in Gojar Mandi, Rajouri, under Abd-ur-Rauf Chowdhry, while Shabir Malik and Shakeel Ahmad led protests in Darhaal and Malkaan during which the effigy of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was set on fire. Meanwhile Ghulam Hassan Mir today hinted at engineering a split in the PDP saying that the real PDP would be brought to the public view soon. Rejecting any reconciliation with Mufti Sayeed led PDP, the former Tourism minister and Mufti associate said that a third front would come into being before the elections.