Srinagar: As the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba mufti shifted to her private residence in a sparsely populated area in Khimber on the outskirts of Srinagar, the J&K Police has described the area as a location where 'security clearance' parameters are not fulfilled.
According to the official communications of the Security Wing of the J&K Police, the location where Ms. Mufti has moved could not fulfil the ‘security clearance’ parameters.
"The J&K Police assess security of all senior politicians in Jammu and Kashmir and a a security clearance report is based on the assessment of threat perception and vulnerability of the area."
Sources said Mufti’s new residence, located 16 km from her earlier official residence, Fair View, a high-security zone of Gupkar, has long desolate stretches up to the house located on the hill slope with sparse population around. The house also has a vast forest area in the background.
Mufti along with her daughter and mother, also wife of former Union home minister and ex-J&K chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, changed their residence to her sister’s house in Khimber on November 30 this year.
The Lieutenant Governor’s administration in October this year warned to invoke provisions under Section (2) of Section 5 of the J&K Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants), 1988 in case Mufti and her family fail to leave the Fair View residence, where the Muftis were stationed since 2005 when late Mufti Sayeed was J&K’s chief minister.
After the eviction notice, the L-G administration offered Mufti M5 Quarter in Tulsi Bagh area of Srinagar, where bureaucrats, ex-ministers and politicians live at present. However, Mufti found the allotted quarter in dilapidated conditions and not suitable for living.