Nazir Khan rejoins PDP
Srinagar: The ruling Peoples Democratic Party president and chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asserted that the agenda of her party is to change the situation of Jammu and Kashmir for better and its commitment and seriousness have been attested time and again.
Addressing a large number of people from Budgam district on the occasion of joining of a political heavy weight of central Kashmir and senior leader of Congress party, Nazir Ahmad Khan of Beerwah into PDP, Mehbooba Mufti said the party has time and again displayed that it would rise to the occasion for the welfare of the people and won’t shy away from even taking tough decisions for the betterment of the State. She said it is an open page of recent history of Jammu and Kashmir that how PDP changed the things when it came to power in 2002. Be it political front or governance, everything witnessed a positive change during that period, she said.
Mufti said the party under the leadership of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has taken even very bold decisions to ensure a better environment to the people and take the state out of its difficult situation. She said the Agenda of Alliance which the party has negotiated for the present Government includes every aspirational requirement of the people and hoped that its successful execution would lead the State to the heights of peace, prosperity and development.
Welcoming Nazir Ahmad Khan into the party fold, Mehbooba Mufti said he comes from a good political legacy and is full of enthusiasm to work for the people of the area adding his entry into the party is like a homecoming for him. She said the party needs young leaders like him to carry forward and implement the agenda of the party which aims at bringing happiness and prosperity back to the State.
Son of Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan, a long-time associate of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and former Minister, Nazir Ahmad Khan has been in active politics for the last two decades. He was among the first youngsters to join PDP when it was launched and also became the president of the youth PDP. However, he developed rift with the party leadership in 1999 parliament election that prompted him to leave the party. Interestingly, he rejoined the party a day after senior leader and former Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Tariq Hamid Karra joined the Congress.
In the last Assembly elections Khan had lost to the then chief minister, Omar Abdullah by a slender margin of less than one thousand votes.