New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti is likely to be released on Wednesday after nearly eight months of detention in the Valley. The development comes a day after the release of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus
According to an IANS report, the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) detention order against Mehbooba Mufti is likely to be revoked by the Union Territory’s Home Department. “After the order is revoked and accompanying formalities are completed, she would be released”, the report stated. Also Read - After Brief Relief, Kashmir Enters Lockdown Again, This Time Over Coronavirus
Omar Abdullah, who walked out free yesterday, noted, “The way J&K was broken up into 2 UTs, how children couldn’t go to school for months, shopkeepers didn’t have an earning, Shikara owners had to face difficulties..I’ll talk about what all happened since 5 Aug’19 after the current situation passes.” Also Read - Omar Abdullah Returns to Twitter, Mocks His Release Amid Nationwide Lockdown
Mufti was detained on the night before August 5 last year, when the Centre abrogated Article 370, along with two former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. Notably, NC chief Farooq Abdullah was set free earlier this month.
Following his release, Abdullah had appealed to all J&K leaders to unite in bringing back the remaining leaders who were in detention.
Earlier, as many as eight opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP and the Left had issued a joint statement to the BJP-led Centre demanding the immediate release three former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir.