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Mehbooba chairs PDP’s top leaders’ meet

Srinagar, Aug 15: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday held a detailed meet with her party ’s “top leadership” over the present political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend Article 35-A at country’s top court.

In a statement issued here, PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti presided over the meeting that was held at her Srinagar residence and was attended by the party’s “top leadership” including Abdul Rahman Veeri, Mehboob Beg, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Naeem Akhtar, Nizam-ud-din Bhat, Mohammad Dilwar Mir,  Syed Basharat Bukhari, Asiya Naqash, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Mohammad Khalil Bandh and Zahoor Ahmad Mir.

The meeting, as per the spokesman, discussed in detail the current political situation in the state and the need to safeguard Article 35-A.

It was unanimously agreed during the meeting that the special position accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir by the Constitution of India needs to be protected on all fronts and that the party will remain in the forefront to defend it in country’s Supreme Court, the statement said.

It said the meeting also highlighted how the PDP while being part of the coalition took “drastic and vital measures for the defence of the Article 35-A” and that the government had engaged the top lawyers of the country for the purpose.

PDP president  during the meeting emphasised that the fight to safeguard Jammu and Kashmir’s special status will be carried forward with the same zest, the statement said.

It said party’s veteran leader and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh along with party’s legal counsel will fight the assault being launched against the state’s special position in Supreme Court of India and will remain present  in the court on next hearing slated to be held on August 27.

Statement said that Beigh, the meeting decided, “will on party’s behalf utilise his legal expertise to the fullest to defend Article 35-A in the court” and besides that, the party leadership in unison shall remain in the frontline to ensure that the state’s unique position and status isn’t fiddled with at any cost.

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