PUK Gives PKK Offspring Party 24 Hours to Close Down Headquarter – Basnews English – 27/11/2018 – 15:22 – ERBIL — The security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday (27 November) gave 24 hours for the closure of a political headquarter belonging to the Kurdistan Free Society Party (Tevgeri Azadi) which is an offspring of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
BasNews reported earlier the day that the PUK security forces had encircled the headquarter in Sulaymaniyah after Qubad Talabani, a leading member of the PUK and the son of late secretary general ordered the closure of all political offices which have not obtained an approval from Kurdistan’s ministry of interior.
Following the deployment of the PUK forces to the surrounding of the headquarter, the PKK sympathizers and members of Tevgeri Azadi gathered at the office to prevent the decision.
Deputy co-chair of the party, Tara Hussein, previously said that the PUK forces had threatened to use force if they refuse to close down the office. “We hope no undesired situation will occur… but if force is used then we will defend ourselves,” she pointed out.
A source close to Tevgeri Azadi told BasNews that the party’s leaders are now meeting to discuss a possible solution without having to abide by the PUK’s decision. “Closing down the headquarter is almost impossible,” the source said. It was said previously that the PUK’s mounting pressure against the PKK is a move to please Ankara and ease tensions between the PUK and Turkish government. Also, it hopes to persuade Ankara on reopening flights from Turkey to Sulaymaniyah. www.mesop.de