Administration foils PDP meeting in Srinagar

Srinagar: The J&K administration on Thursday foiled a meeting of senior leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party headquarter in Srinagar.
Roads leading to PDP headquarter at S K Park on Residency Road were closed with barbed wire and other barricades.
There will be now no meeting as most of the PDP leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Lone, the Hanjura party general secretary who had called meeting were not allowed to leave their homes, said a group of junior PDP leaders who managed to enter the party headquarter despite the restriction.
Senior PDP leader and former minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told UNI that he had informed his security that he has to attend a meeting at party headquarter on Thursday. But, he said, there was no reply and security forces remained deployed outside his house.
Another senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat told UNI that he was at his residence. “ I am a protected person how will my Personnel Security Officer (PSO) allow me to move in a vehicle which is not permissible. “ I have not received any security clearance to attend the meeting at Srinagar, he said adding I am therefore in my house.
PDP General Secretary Hanjura had called a meeting of the senior party leadership and functionaries at PDP headquarters in Srinagar on September 3 at 1100 hrs.
The meeting was scheduled to discuss the prevailing political situation, and general party affairs.
This was the second meeting called by the PDP since August 5, 2019, which could not be held, after the centre abrogated Article 370 and 35 A besides divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territories (UTs). All mainstream leaders, including three former Chief Ministers—Mehbooba Mufti, Dr Farooq Abdulah and his son Omar Abdullah, were detained. However, barring Mehbooba, who has now been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) all other leaders have been released.
The earlier meeting called by PDP patron Muzaffar Hussain Baig could not be held last week following differences within the party about some of the statements of Baig, after the scrapping of the special status of the erstwhile state.
Police recently foiled a PDP attempt to take out a procession from the party headquarter and held a number of leaders who were demanding the release of Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders.
Interestingly the PDP has called the meeting of party leaders after the administration allowed National Conference (NC) leaders to meet party president and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah. Later NC organized about half a dozen meeting of party leaders and workers at their party headquarter Nawai-e-Subah. Dr Abdullah and his son former CM Omar Abdullah had filed a petition in the court alleging that senior party leaders have been put under house arrest after their detention. However, the government in reply to NC petition said there is no restriction on the movement of any NC leader.
The PDP has so far not moved court for release of their leaders who continue to be under house arrest.