January 2016 News

Mufti's Son In Politics? Speculation On After He Attends PDP Meeting

18 January 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: The demise of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has brought his only son into the limelight. Unlike his father, who remained active in Kashmir politics till his last breath, Tassaduq Mufti had chosen a different path and selected films over politics as his career after obtaining a degree in cinematography from an American School. However, ever since the death of his father, Tassaduq (45) had been accompanying his grieving sister and Mufti's political heir apparent Mehbooba Mufti on most occasions. Tassaduq made his first public appearance on January 10 in his hometown Bijbehara, where he was seen lending emotional support to his elder sister when she broke down at the grave of her father. At that time, his public appearance was natural. He later attended the PDP's core group meeting in Srinagar on January 17, that was called to discuss government formation. This gave rise to speculation that he might join politics and lend support to his sister, still battling the emotional trauma of their father's death. Sources said he was present in the meeting only to lend emotional support to his elder sister as it was her first official meeting ever since Mufti's demise. He did not speak a word during the meeting, it was learnt. Tassaduq attending the PDP's core group meeting assumes importance in the backdrop of Mehbooba vacating her Anantnag seat if she dons the mantle of Chief Minister. As the PDP will like to retain the seat, the names doing the rounds are those of Tassaduq, Sartaj Madni and Mufti's nephew Sajad Mufti. The sources said Mehbooba would take the final call on who would fight the election from the Anantnag parliamentary seat. In 2006, Tassaduq worked as cinematographer in Vishal Bhardwaj's film 'Omkara', which earned him a place in the Bollywood industry. Of Mufti's four children, only Mehbooba is in politics. She is the single parent of two daughters. His second daughter Masooda, who is a doctor, is married into a family from Baramulla and settled in the US. Rubaiya, kidnapped by JKLF militants in 1989, is married into a Tamil Muslim business family and lives in Chennai.