NC starts party leadership meetings to chalk out future strategy

Hopeful about release of Mehbooba, others, will then discuss future strategy: Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, August 20( KNS): National Conference(NC) patron Farooq Abdul has started consultation with party leadership to chalk out future strategy regarding various issues after abrogation of special status of J&K.
Dr Abdullah on Thursday held a meeting with four of the senior party leaders who were detained post the August 5 decision last year.
Dr Abdullah confirmed to KNS that he
met four party leaders including NC’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, provincial president Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, former minister Abdul Rahim Rather and senior leader Muhammad Shafi Uri, Mohammad Akber Lone, Hsanian Masoodi and several others at his residence.

On being asked whether Political issues were discussed in the meeting, he said, "various issues were discussed."
He added he is meeting four more leaders who were detained last year tomorrow at his residence.
" Meeting with party leadership will continue. This way we can also check whether we are free now as claimed by the Government. I called seperate meetings in wake of Covid19 precautions," he told KNS.
However he ruled out calling it start of political activities by the party.
On a question about a meeting of various political leaders of different political parties called by him on August 5,he said, " unfortunately we were not allowed to meet on the day. Let Government release all Political leaders including Mehbooba Mufti,then we will discuss future strategy. I am hopeful about her release soon."
Meanwhile Senior NC leader Abdul Rahim Rather confirmed (who was under house detention from last one year ) to KNS his participation in the meeting and said that all the issues were discussed.

" Farooq Abdullah is meeting of more leaders in groups who were under detention. Then all the leadership will sit together and chalk out future strategy."

National Conference in a statement on Wednesday had said that party has taken cognizance of the stand taken by Government of J&K in High Court for detention of its senior party leaders and added party has called a meeting with such leaders on August 20 in order to expose the assertions of Government regarding their “illegal” confinement.

The statement reads," it 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. “On a perusal of the reply 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,” the party stated(KNS) 

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