Mehbooba Mufti was detained by the J&K authorities and put under house arrest a day before the Central government announced its decision to withdraw the special status of J&K.
Srinagar, October 6:
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday allowed a 10-member delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to meet detained party chief and former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The delegation will meet Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar where she has been put under house arrest.
Mehbooba Mufti was detained by the J&K authorities and put under house arrest a day before the Central government announced its decision to withdraw the special status of J&K by abrogating the provisions under Article 370.
The development has come a day after J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik allowed a 15-member delegation of the National Conference (NC) to meet former J&K chief and ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son, Omar Abdullah. Both were placed under house arrest a day before the government’s decision on Article 370.
Earlier today, the NC delegation met detained party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah in Srinagar and discussed developments in J&K and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders.
The delegation led by Jammu’s provincial chief of the party Davinder Singh Rana met former chief Minister Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas for a little over 30 minutes.
Farooq Abdullah, clad in a grey suit and signature headgear, looked hale and hearty. He flashed a victory sign as he stood with the visiting party leaders and wife Molly Abdullah for a photograph.
Before being placed under house arrest, Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and said that the voice are being “muzzled’ by the government. Taking to Twitter, Mufti said, “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people and their voices are being muzzled in J-K.”
Her daughter Iltija had earlier sought a direction from the Supreme Court to allow her to meet her mother, who is under preventive detention following the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
On September 5, the apex court had allowed Iltija to meet her mother. The apex court, however, said that she can move in other parts of Srinagar and it would be subject to prior permission from authorities if needed.