Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) president Abdul Qayoom Wani on Saturday joined the Peoples Democratic Party. He will contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Baramulla constituency in North Kashmir.
He will be PDP’s candidate for Lok Sabha from north Kashmir.
“Today, I renounce my 28-year long trade union career where I have struggled a lot, fought many battles and served selflessly and with commitment. My friends urged me to consider this (politics) and after their request, (Mehbooba Mufti) madam’s request, and considering PDP’s political vision, I have decided that PDP is the only organisation that can help me contribute,” Wani told the media.
On Friday, Wani resigned from the membership of the JKTF, Teachers Joint Action Committee and the Employees Joint Action Committee to join the PDP.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, on the ocassion, talked about resumption of talks between India and Pakistan.
“Was the situation not bad when Vajpayee ji went to Lahore? Was the situation not bad when talks were held with the Hurriyat during Vajpayee ji’s time? This violence cannot go on for long, as far as the infiltration is concerned, it should be discussed by both sides and a solution must be arrived at,” Mehbooba said.
Meanwhile, former bureaucrat, Shah Faesal, who recently resigned from IAS to join politics, took a dig at Qayoom.
“Education Department gets freedom today. Congrats to Teacher community and the school children who had been held hostage all these years. With masks down, Inshallah, Education will flourish now in the valley of Kashmir,” Faesal wrote in a Facebook post.