New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was on Friday finally released from detention, just hours after the Jammu and Kashmir administration issued orders to this effect. The former Chief Minister, who also heads the National Conference (NC), was under detention since August 5 last year, when the special status of the now-former state was revoked. Also Read - Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah To Be Released After 7 Months in Detention
He was in detention under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), which was slapped against him last September.
Speaking to the media after being released, in what were his first public remarks in more than seven months, Farooq Abdullah said, “Today I don’t have words. I am free today; now, I will be able to go to Delhi and attend the Parliament and speak for you all.”
Notably, the opposition parties in Parliament have time and again demanded that the NC chief, the Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, be released and allowed to attend. Earlier this week, six opposition parties had released a joint statement, seeking his release.
“I’m grateful to people of the state and all leaders and people in the rest of the country who spoke for our freedom. This freedom will be complete when all leaders are released. I hope that the government will take action to release everyone,” he further said.
He added that he won’t speak on any political matter, till the time ‘everyone’ was released.
His son Omar Abdullah, a former Chief Minister himself, and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, another former Chief Minister, were among several leaders from the Valley who were detained by the Centre, which had said that it was done to ensure that the law and order situation in the region doesn’t spiral out of control in the wake of its move revoking the special status.
Both Omar and Mufti, too, were last month booked under the PSA and continue to be under detention.