Drabu’s Wife Roohi Asks Mehbooba To Step Down


SRINAGAR: Roohi Nazki, the wife of the senior PDP leader and the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to step down in deference to “the brutal killings of children, the criminal blinding and maiming of protesters, and the shameless suffocating of an entire population.”

In an anguished and blunt Facebook post, Nazki termed the state government’s response to the protests that broke out following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as “immoral, unethical, tragic and wrong”.

Nazki who recently returned to Valley to set up a cafe on the Jhelum bund  urged the PDP leadership to demonstrate that they were different  “so that we can be convinced that every popularly elected government doesn’t necessarily turn into an unresponsive monolith as soon as it is sworn into power”.

She wrote that “each successive regime in Kashmir does not have to become indistinguishable from the previous one”.

“Our leaders do not all have to transform into horrific, faceless, and voiceless entities,” Nazki wrote.

“Their stepping down may not stop the injustice. But that is not all that matters. What matters more is for them to register a protest. To not become complicit by default. To break the silence and the cycle of waiting and watching. To have a conscience and keep it. To uphold truth if not justice”.

Nazki is unsparing about the failings of the government which besides her husband has also her two first cousins Naeem Akhter and Basharat Bukhari as its cabinet ministers.  

“Whatever has been happening in Kashmir over the last 14 days is terribly wrong. The brutal killings of children, the criminal blinding and maiming of protesters, and the shameless suffocating of an entire population is wrong. It is wrong even if it has been happening over the last two decades or so. It is wrong even if there are ‘far too many agencies at work trying to keep Kashmir burning’. It is wrong no matter what excuse we are fed, day in and day out. It is wrong irrespective of who feeds us the excuses, said Nazki in scathing attack on the state government. 

“And it is wrong in the most fundamental, most shameful and the most damning way. For it is the children of Kashmir that are being killed on street corners, by the security forces of our country. Who pump pellets into their young bodies. It is in a democratic nation that a whole population is taken hostage for days on end, without basic amenities, without phones, without newspapers. And it is happening under the watch of a popularly elected government. Yet again!”

Nazki called the “rectification” of the Government’s wrongs which were unacceptable but let it be known that she herself preferred “that  they just need to step down”.

“It is wrong, it is unacceptable and it needs rectification. The powers that be need to either step up and stop the wrongdoings. Or they need to step down. I guess they just need to step down,’’ she wrote. “…what matters most is to keep the faith for our future generations. So that they can know the face of truth. Their truth. Our truth. They can do this. And they should”.


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