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India releases top Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

14th Mar, 2020. 02:13 pm
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India releases top Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah

Officials in Indian-Occupied Kashmir released Kashmiri Politician Farooq Abdullah seven months after his arrest.

According to the international news agency, the 82-year-old Farooq Abdullah was arrested on August 5 when article 370 was imposed in IOK and the Himalayan region was put under strict lockdown.

He is among the top mainstream leaders, a three-time chief minister, and a sitting parliamentarian.

Farooq Abdullah said while addressing media from his house, “I am free today. Now, I will be able to go to Delhi and attend Parliament and speak for you all,”

Abdullah showed gratitude to the people “who spoke for our freedom”.

“This freedom will be complete when all leaders are released. I hope the government of India will take action to release everyone,”

Farooq Abdullah’s son Omar Abdullah is still in detention.

According to Kashmir’s principal home secretary, the withdrawal of Abdullah’s detention was ordered under Public Safety Act (PSA)-a law under which a person can be arrested for up to two years without bail. The order was issued on Friday by Shaleen Kabra.

Farooq Abdullah’s daughter Safia Abdullah Khan tweeted that “my father is a free man again”.

Officials informed that Abdullah was set free due to his health condition. He had gone through eye surgery two weeks ago.

The official informed, “Being in an advanced stage of life he was not keeping well,”

In a statement, the National Conference said, “Abdullah’s release from detention will be a right step for the restoration of a genuine political process in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“The process will receive a further fillip when party leader Omar Abdullah and other political detainees are set free. We urge the government to do so at the earliest,”

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