Srinagar: The J&K government on Friday terminated services of senior PDP leader Peer Mohammad Hussain’s son, Hashim Hussain, as additional advocate general. The development followed Peer Hussain’s scathing criticism of the government, ranging from the PDP-BJP alliance to rising corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. He also asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to come out from the “coterie of political sycophants”.
On Friday, an order undersigned by the law secretary said that the services of additional advocate general Hashim Hussain are “dispensed fortwith”. The order, however, said that Hashim will look after litigation work of departments earlier assigned to him.
Peer Hussain told Kashmir Reader that his son’s services were disengaged because he (Peer Hussain) spoke the truth during a meeting organised by him in his former Shangus constituency on Thursday.
A former minister in the maiden PDP coalition with the Congress, Peer Hussain gave up the constituency to make way for his son-in-law Peerzada Manzoor Hussain in the 2008 elections. The founder PDP member and once considered as close confidante of former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Peer Hussain was appointed vice chairman of the Waqf Board in 2015. Last year, however, he was forced to put in papers.
“Sycophants surrounding the chief minister are responsible for my son’s exit. They complained and got my son removed. It is only because I spoke truth at the rally,” he said. He, however, did not answer who he was referring to as “sycophants”, saying “everyone knows them. “What will happen by revealing the names?” he said.
According to him, he was concerned about the PDP because he had given his blood and sweat for the party. “But drastic steps like removing my son won’t deter me from my work. Sycophants have no public support and they are least concerned about the party. We have formed PDP by giving our blood and sweat,” Peer said.