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By Shujaat Bukhari
Announcing his decision to join the PDP, Mr. Mir said that the party's concern for a comprehensive dialogue on Kashmir had appealed to him. Mr. Mir's father was hanged to death by the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in early 1990 for his "anti-movement and pro-India activities". He had considerable support in the Chadoora Assembly segment of Budgam district and had won the 1987 elections. Even as Mr. Mir did not spell out his plans, it is believed that he is the PDP candidate from Chadoora. He will be contesting the National Conference candidate, Ali Mohammad Dar.
Sources said that Mr. Mir was forced by the supporters and well-wishers of his father to join the fray and the PDP managed to woo him. "My people face so many problems and all the political parties should get united to sort them out,'' he said.
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