National Conference political affairs committee meets first time after revocation of J&K's special status

A meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC) of the National Conference began at the party headquarter in Srinagar on Saturday. Habib aNaqash/GK

A meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC) of the National Conference began here on Saturday, the first such gathering of the top decision-making body of the party after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August last year.

The PAC meeting began at party headquarters Nawa-i-Subah here under the chairmanship of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, a NC leader said.

Omar Abdullah arrives for a meeting of NC meeting. Habib Naqash/GK

He said party’s vice president Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders, including general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, are present in the meeting.

The leaders from the Jammu region, who are part of the PAC, have joined via video conference, the NC leader added.

This is the first meeting of the NC’s political affairs committee after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August last year and divided the erstwhile state into two union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Farooq Abdullah and Ali Muhammad Sagar outside Nawa-e-Subh. Habib Naqash/GK

Last week, Farooq Abdullah held meetings with over a dozen party leaders, in batches over three days, at his Gupkar residence here. The leaders, whom the NC president met, were under detention for the past one year and the party had challenged their detention in a court. However, the government had submitted in the court that those leaders were not under custody and were free to move anywhere.