Farooq Abdullah invites four ‘free’ senior NC leaders for meeting tomorrow

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Srinagar: Amid government’s stand before Jammu and Kashmir high court that none of the National Conference leaders were under detention, party president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday called a meeting of four senior leaders at his residence at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

“National Conference 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,” a spokesman of the party said in a statement.

On a perusal of the reply, the spokesman said, 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.

“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 Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mohammad Shafi Uri and Nasir Aslam Wani for a meeting at his residence on Thursday at 5 pm.”

The party, the spokesman said, 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 spokesman said, adding, “

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.” (GNS)

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