Srinagar, Aug 31: Several PDP leaders on Monday sought a permission from Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary to meet incarcerated PDP chief Ms Mehbooba Mufti.
The application written by Ghulam Nabi Lone, AR Veeri, Khurshid Alam and Aijaz Mir reads, “As you are aware PDP chief and ex CM J&K Ms Mehbooba Mufti has been jailed since August 2019 after the illegal abrogation of Article 370 & subsequent bifurcation of J&K into two UTs. Unfortunately the state administration has not allowed us to meet her since then despite repeated attempts. Most of us continue being under illegal house arrest without any written legal orders”.
“Despite being detained under the draconian PSA at her residence Fairview (declared as a sub jail), Ms Mufti has certain legal rights even as a political prisoner/detainee that cannot be violated or taken away. Apart from legal aid & adequate medical facilities these also include visitations at least twice a week & I’m sure we agree that these are rights Ms Mufti is entitled to as per the constitution. Pertinent to mention that party members have not been allowed to meet her since her illegal incarceration”, application reads.
Leader in an application further states, “One can’t stress enough the need to allow Ms Mufti, a political leader illegally detained & deliberately cut off from the public since August 2019 access to her party members, well wishers, etc.
Party leaders urged to consider the request to meet Ms Mehbooba Mufti which is well within her rights as a political leader.