Authorities Disallow Mehbooba Mufti’s Press Conference

A posse of policemen outside the residence of Mehbooba Mufti | KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Authorities on Friday disallowed PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s press conference here, as the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was allegedly put under house arrest and not allowed to visit the Pulwama residence of party leader Waheed Parra who was arrested by the NIA earlier this week.

A posse of policemen stopped journalists about 100 metres away from Mufti’s ‘Fairview’ residence in Gupkar area of the city here, where she was scheduled to address the media.

The policemen said the presser of the PDP president was not allowed as per the orders from the higher ups.

Mehbooba had invited journalists for the press conference this morning after she was put under house arrest.

The former chief minister said she was not allowed for the last two days to meet the family of the party’s youth leader Waheed Parra who was arrested by the NIA.

The police dismissed Mufti’s claims saying she was not under house arrest but was asked to postpone her visit to Pulwama due to security reasons.

The police, however, did not elaborate on why the residence of the PDP chief was blocked and journalists were barred from entering it for the press conference.

PDP leader Ms Mehbooba Mufti is not under house arrest. She was requested to #postpone her visit to #Pulwama purely due to #security reasons, Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter.

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