PDP Leaders Defer Meeting With Detained Party President Mehbooba Mufti

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Srinagar

A 10-member delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party that was to visit detained party President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday has deferred the meeting.

The governor administration had granted permission for the meeting on Sunday evening, hours after a National Conference delegation met their president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah in Srinagar.

“PDP has decided to defer the scheduled visit of its delegation to Srinagar to meet the party president Mehbooba,” reports quoted former PDP legislator and spokesperson Firdous Tak as having said.

Mufti, a former chief minister, was detained by the administration along with other political leaders like the Abdullahs on the night of August 4, a day before the Centre moved to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

The NC leaders led by Jammu’s provincial chief of the party, Davinder Singh Rana, met former chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also detained at Hari Nivas, for a little over 30 minutes.

The delegation then drove to Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Emerging after the meeting, Rana told reporters that for any political process to begin, the leaders of the party need to be released.

The government had released Jammu-based political leaders after the announcement of the local body polls on Thursday. The adviser to the Jammu and Kashmir governor, Farooq Khan, said that Kashmiri leaders will be released one by one after analysis of every individual, News 18 reported.

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