Iltija Mufti Says Barred From Visiting Grandfather’s Grave

‘Will seek removal of security cover’

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PDP functionaries offer Fateha at Mufti Sayeed’s Grave in South Kashmir’s Bijbehara ( KO Photo: Abid Bhat )

SRINAGAR – Accusing her security personnel of manhandling her to stop her from visiting her grandfather Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave on his fourth death anniversary, Iltija Mufti, the daughter of jailed PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said she will seek removal of her security cover.

Iltija said she was stopped by the security personnel posted at her house from leaving the premises when she wanted to visit her grandfather’s grave at Bijbehara in Anantnag district.

“Not only was I stopped but I was also manhandled by the security personnel who are supposedly posted for my protection. I have suffered bruises on my arms and legs,” Iltija said.

She said she will write to the Special Security Group’s director to withdraw her security cover.

“If the security is not withdrawn within a couple of days, I will move court (for it),” she added.

Iltija said it was ironic that the Centre was making claims about normalcy in Kashmir but she could not visit the grave of her grandfather, a former home minister of the country.

The PDP had applied for permission to hold a prayer meeting at the Bijbehara grave of the former chief minister but it was denied.

Asked if anyone from the family was allowed to visit Sayeed’s grave, Iltija said she did not know.

“Myself and my uncle Tassaduq Mufti were not allowed,” she added.

Sayeed died on 7 January 2016 at AIIMS in Delhi after being admitted there briefly.

Molly, Sara Meet Abdullah’s

The three-time Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, former Union minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah who has been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA), met her wife Molly Abdullah on Tuesday.

Reliable sources said that the authorities permitted Molly to meet her husband Farooq Abdullah and son Omar Abdullah.

Besides hundreds of leaders from different political parties, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have also been detained. Farooq is spending his time under contentious PSA at his Gupkar residence while Omar has been lodged at Hari Niwas.

Molly, a nurse, married Farooq Abdullah in the 1960s. She met Farooq Abdullah while he was studying medicine in United Kingdom. The couple have three daughters Sara, Safia and Hinna and son Omar Abdullah.

Molly lives in London with her second daughter Hina Abdullah. Sara is married to Congress leader Sachin Pilot and Safia to a local businessman in the Valley. Omar Abdullah has separated from his wife Payal, who lives with their sons Zamir and Zahir in Delhi.

National Conference party sources informed that besides Molly, Sara Abdullah too met Omar Abdullah.

Last time it was in September that both Molly and Sara had met Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. (KNT)


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