Kashmir An Open Air Prison, Says Mehbooba After Presser Foiled

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Friday claimed that police denied a press conference at her residence and added that Kashmir has become an “open air prison”.

Police sealed road towards Mehbooba’s residence to stop Media personnel for attending presser. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mehbooba wrote: “Press has been barred from entering my residence in Srinagar. This despite no written orders explaining my arbitrary detention. Kashmir is an open air prison where no one has the right to express their opinion.”

“We are one day away from DDC polling & its evident that the admin here is using fear & intimidation in tandem to muffle any form of opposition,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Meanwhile, J&K police in a tweet said, “PDP leader Ms Mehbooba Mufti is not under house arrest. She was requested to #postpone her visit to #Pulwama purely due to #security  reasons.”

Earlier today, Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP chief, claimed that she has been illegally detained again and her daughter has been placed under house arrest.

“I’ve been illegally detained yet again. Since two days, J&K admin has refused to allow me to visit @parawahid’s family in Pulwama. BJP Ministers and their puppets are allowed to move around in every corner of Kashmir but security is a problem only in my case,” she had tweeted.

“Their cruelty knows no bounds. Waheed was arrested on baseless charges & I am not allowed to even console his family. Even my daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest because she also wanted to visit Waheed’s family,” she tweeted.

“Im going to hold a press conference at 3:00 pm today & will brief the press on various issues. Request media to kindly come,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah while reacting to the house detention of Mehbooba said that parking a truck in front of our gates is now the standard operating procedure for the government.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote: “Parking a truck in front of our gates is now the standard operating procedure for this admin. They did the same to my father recently to stop him from praying. Personal liberty is treated as a favour by the govt, to give & withdraw at will, with no interference from the judiciary.”


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