Social activist Talib Hussain joins PDP

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Talib Hussain in middle. Photograph by Saide Zahoor Shah for The Kashmir Walla

Talib Hussain, a social activist who made headlines handling the forefront of the campaign: ‘Justice for 8-year-old Kathua gang rape and murder victim’ on Monday has joined Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Srinagar.

At the party headquarter, Mr. Hussain, in presence of the former chief minister and party president Ms. Mufti, joined the party. Talking to the media, he said that his decision to join party came forward after he has noticed an outstanding role performed by CM Mufti during 8-year-old Aasifa’s rape and murder case.

“In Jammu the condition of the Muslims is unacceptable and the minorities like Gujar Bakarwal are more vulnerable. Communal forces are crushing the rights of these minorities in the area. They are subjugating them, making false cases against their children, then there was Aasifa’s tragedic episode in the region and during that time the role of Mehbooba Mufti as a chief minister was outstanding. From one side there were communal forces and some political parties were also in support of them but she took a stand against the culprits and right now they are in jails,” he said.

Added that apart from it she also takes stand on forest right act in the region. “Lal Singh a member of Bhartiya Janta Party BJP had tried to crush the rights of the Muslims in the area and she takes a strict stand against him and removed him from the government.”

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