| Pulwama |
December 7, 2020 1:48:47 am
GHULAM AHMAD Para is campaigning in an election for the first time. Over the last week, he has been trudging through villages in Pulwama, knocking on doors and seeking votes — not for himself, but for his son.
The 62-year-old is the father of Waheed-ur-Rehman Para, who is the youth wing president of the PDP, candidate from Pulwama-1 for the J&K District Development Council (DDC) polls, and currently in custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“The vote this time isn’t just for a DDC seat, it is also to secure his release,” says Para’s younger brother Nadeem. The constituency votes Monday in the fourth of the eight-phase polls, and Nadeem is part of a core group of friends and family that has hit the campaign trail.
Para, 32, was arrested on November 25, five days after he filed his nomination, in connection with a terror case against suspended J&K police officer Devinder Singh. According to the NIA, Para was allegedly in touch with one of the accused. The PDP, led by former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, has denied the charges.
In Para’s constituency, meanwhile, there is no party flag or…