Srinagar: American Film Institute graduate Tassaduq Hussain and son of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, may join active politics, in which case he is likely to be assigned ‘immense responsibility’ and given important party work in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) as well.
The 44-year-old Hussain who has lensed Bollywood blockbusters like Omkara and Kaminey attended a meeting of the PDP’s extended core group held here on Sunday, giving credence to reports that he has been successfully persuaded by the family and some close associates of his late father to join active politics and supplement the effort aimed at taking his (Mr. Sayeed’s) ‘mission’ forward.
The meeting chaired by his sister and party president Mehbooba Mufti discussed threadbare a slew of issues particularly forming a new government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hussain had during the lifetime of his father repeatedly said that he is not interested in politics. His mother Gulshan Nazir Ara when asked about it had in an interview said, "Wherever he is, he should be happy."
But sources in the PDP said that he has now agreed to help his sister and party president Ms. Mufti who is likely to take over as chief minister of the State at the head of PDP-BJP coalition government later this month.
The PDP was launched by Mr. Sayeed and his daughter Ms. Mufti in 1999 after quitting Congress party. PDP cobbled together a coalition government with ideologically divergent BJP in March 2015 at the head of its patron Mr. Sayeed. He died in a Delhi hospital on January 7....