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PDP delegation defers meeting with detained Mehbooba Mufti despite of Governor's permission

Jammu: On Monday a 10-member delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party that was to visit detained party chief Mehbooba Mufti has deferred the meeting. The reason is not cleared at this stage.

On Sunday evening Jammu and Kashmir administration had granted permission for the meeting hours after a National Conference delegation met their president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah.

A former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti was detained by the administration along with other political leaders like the Abdullahs on the night of 4th August a day before the Centre scraped article 370 special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir: A 10-member delegation of PDP which was to meet party chief Mehbooba Mufti tomorrow in Srinagar, has deferred its meeting.

— ANI (@ANI)

The former Jammu and Kashmir CM, who has continued to criticize the government through her Twitter account by giving its access to her daughter, has been detained at the Hari Nivas in the state's capital for the last months. The government had most of the political leadership of different political parties from Kashmir to prevent a possible backlash to its move to nullify Article 370.

The PDP leaders met twice in the day after the restrictions were lifted on party leaders recently and had decided to approach the governor and seek his permission to visit the detained leader, said the spokesperson.

The National Conference delegation discussed developments in the state and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders. The Jammu and Kashmir government had given permission to the delegation to meet the leaders.

The National Conference 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, after 30 minutes.

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

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

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