Dr Farooq Abdullah calls meeting of four party leaders who Govt. says are ‘free’

Srinagar, August 19: National Conference on Wednesday said that party has taken congnizance of stand taken by Government of J&K in high court for detention of its senior party leaders and added party has called a meeting with such leaders on August 20 in order to expose the assertions of Government regarding their “illegal” confinement.

In a statement, NC said it has taken cognizance of the stand taken by the Government in High Court in the Habeas Corpus matters filed by the President and Vice President of the party for securing the liberty of various leaders of the party that have been under an illegal house detention.

“On a perusal of the reply the party has noticed that the Government has unequivocally submitted before the High Court that the no leader is under detention and that they are free to move subject to necessary security arrangements,” the party stated.

“Now relying fully on the stand of the Government before the HC that the members are free to move and expecting no hogwash on part of the government, the Party President Dr. Farooq Abdullah has invited senior party members including Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather, Mr. Mohammad Shafi Uri and Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani for a meeting at his residence on 20.8.2020 at 5 pm” , it said.

It further said the party is mindful of the present pandemic and accordingly the meeting with various leaders that have been under detention will be done in batches of 4 members per meeting. Needless to add that all SOPs shall be strictly followed by all concerned.

“The Party is hopeful that the liberty of the members under detention is now absolute and the meeting is held successfully on the appointed day”, it added.

Notably authorities on August 5, 2019 and subsequent days took scores of mainstream politicians into “preventive detention” including three former cheif minister – Dr Farooq, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti when New Delhi stripped special status of J&K under Article 370 from its constitution. Though the duo Abdullah’s and other second line mainstream leadership were released after several months but there are dozens still caged in jails or have been kept under “house detention”.

According to NC, the party is unable to chalk out future course of action as its dozens over political leaders are still incarcerated either in jails or kept in house detention.

“How can we go ahead for political activities as our senior party leaders are still under detention. At least 15 senior party leaders are not being allowed to walk out”, a party leader told.

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