PDP leader Baig honoured with Padma Bhushan

NEW DELHI: PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan, officials said on Saturday.

Baig, 73, is a former deputy chief minister and finance minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

A founder leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Baig was one of the few politicians who was not detained by the Union government after abrogation of provisions of Article 370 on August 5 last year.

The politician has been awarded for his contribution to "public affairs" and is amongst the 16 people who have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.

Baig, a former Lok Sabha member, hails from north Kashmir and is also an advocate.

He has been critical of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti after she took over the reins of the party and the alliance government with the BJP.

He was among the few politicians from Kashmir who met Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who had travelled to the valley last year.

 

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