-Dev Ankur Wadhawan
Roohi Nazki, the wife of Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu, in a scathing attack, has asked the Mehbooba Mufti Government to step down. She has termed the Government’s response as immoral, unethical, tragic and wrong.
Nazki, apart from being Drabu’s wife, is also the first cousin of senior PDP leader and Education minister, Nayeem Akthar and Revenue minister, Basharat Bukhari.
She wrote, “They need to step down 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. That each successive regime in Kashmir does not have to become indistinguishable from the previous one. That our leaders do not have to transform into horrific, faceless, and voiceless entities.” She also stated, “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.”
The attack on the PDP Government in the wake of protests in Kashmir after the killing of terrorist and Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani may have its reverberations in Kashmiri politics. Nazki had written on facebook, “ 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.” She also mentioned, “ 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,”
Nazki’s tea house was inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. She is known to be expressive about her feelings on several issues.