Srinagar, Oct. 8 -- The incarcerated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has refused to meet the party leaders fearing that the gesture might be "projected as a sign of normalcy" by the central government.

Hours after 18-member National Conference delegation met Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, authorities granted permission to the PDP leaders from Jammu to meet Mehbooba Mufti at Cheshmashahi sub-jail.

PDP leaders,however, deferred the meeting after Mehbooba turned down the request.

"She (Mehbooba) has told the party leaders she won't meet them as that could be projected as a sign of normalcy by Centre. She believes that government had granted permission for the meeting as there is international pressure to lift com...