Iltija Mufti daughter of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s on Tuesday welcomed the release of Jammu and Kashmir former chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah from detention.

“Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most (sic),” Iltija wrote on her mothers Twitter handle.

Her remarks came after the Jammu and Kashmir government revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) of the former chief minister and ended his detention on Tuesday more than seven months after he and two other former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained ahead of the revocation of Article 370 on August 5 2019.

Omar Abdullah outside his house after being released from detention. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“Government issues orders revoking detention of Shri Omar Abdullah,” Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.

The order comes just a day before the hearing in the apex court.

Omar Abdullah was among the 50 odd politicians who were kept under ‘preventive detention’ after the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories (UTs) on August 5, 2019.

He and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti were slapped with PSA on February 7 after being detained under preventive detention since August 5, 2019.

The PSA was slapped on former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on September 16, 2019, after 42 days of preventive detention.

A few days before the Article 370 move by the Centre, Farooq Abdullah had presided over a meeting of all parties in Kashmir in which Omar also participated and had adopted a declaration – Gupkar declaration – that they will not accept any tinkering with Article 370.Omar Abdullah’s release order was issued after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him in February, were revoked.


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