Kashmir comes under a security blanket

“The government claimed that a political process has started in Kashmir, but not a single leader was allowed to reach my residence,” Dr. Abdullah told reporters.

Leaders of the PDP, the Peoples Conference, the J&K Peoples Movement, the Awami National Conference, the CPI(M) and the Congress were invited by Dr. Abdullah for the meeting.

Dozens of PDP leaders, including former legislator Firdous Tak from Kishtwar, were taken into preventive custody. The PDP had asked its members to observe the day as ‘black day’ and organise protests.

“A year ago we witnessed how a majoritarian government mutilated and robbed J&K in broad daylight. Seasons may have changed but the betrayal will never be forgiven or forgotten. Prolonged enforced silence won’t suppress emotions forever,” tweeted Iltija Mufti, daughter of incarcerated PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said the police did not allow him to leave his house.

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