By: Faizan Wani
Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir’s former bureaucrat Muhammad Ashraf Mir is all set to join Peoples Conference (PC).
Widely known for his legal acumen in J&K’s political and bureaucratic circles, 63-year-old Mir is expected to join PC soon. “He will be joining the party in the next few days,” a senior PC leader told KNO.
During his tenure as Law Secretary, Mir was known for his pro- Kashmir stance on administrative and legal issues confronting J&K.
Mir, who is native of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, shares a long association with Lone family.
In his bureaucratic career, Mir held key positions including secretary Legislative Council, Law Secretary and Revenue Secretary.
After his retirement, Mir was appointed as J&K’s Information Commissioner in 2017 on recommendation of a committee comprising then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah.
Mir would be the first non-political face to join PC after its superb performance in the district development council polls held in November- December last year.
In the polls, PC emerged as the single largest party in Kupwara and Baramulla districts by winning five and three seats, respectively. The party controls DDCs in both the districts.
Earlier this month, former deputy chief minister and veteran politician Muzaffar Hussain Baig joined the party. After Baig, former minister and three-time legislator Syed Basharat Bukhari, former MLA Peerzada Mansoor and former MLC Khursheed Alam joined the party.