Srinagar: The government has opened the way for dialogue with former J&K SIAM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. The two former chief ministers were arrested earlier this month after the removal of Section 370 of the Constitution. According to sources, a team of members of various central agencies met them in Srinagar on certain conditions to allow the two leaders to be released.
The government wants to release mainstream leaders and allow them to meet their party workers, but the government does not want them to issue a statement or engage in any activity that would disturb the atmosphere of the Valley. Sources said, Omar Abdullah has asked for some more time to respond.
Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was released this week. Sources said he has assured not to make any provocative statements. Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been refused to meet people since their arrest. Omar Abdullah has been imprisoned in Hari Niwas while Mehbooba Mufti has been detained at the Chasma Royal Guesthouse.