New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday announced that former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been shifted to her official residence at Fairview Gupkar Road, Srinagar, from a subsidiary jail on MA Road in the city. Also Read - After Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Likely to be Released Today
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief, who, in February, was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), will however, continue to stay in detention, with the order terming her official residence as a ‘subsidiary jail.’
Notably, Mufti, who is the last Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was, on August 5 last year, put under house after the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370, thus revoking special status of the region and splitting it into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
She was among several politicians from the Valley, including the father-son duo of Farooq and Omar Abdullah, both former Chief Ministers themselves, who were put under house arrest by the Centre in the wake of its move.
However, while the Abdullahs have already been released-Farooq on March 13 and Omar on March 24-Mehbooba Mufti continues to be in detention.
Since being released, the two have repeatedly appealed to the Centre to release her, as well as other political detainees, with Omar, in the wake of today’s development, tweeting: ” Mehbooba Mufti must be set free. Shifting her home while continuing to keep her detained is a cop out.”
Mehbooba Mufti became the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in April 2016, succeeding her father, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who passed away that January, while still being the Chief Minister. However, she resigned in June 2018 after the BJP, in alliance with which the PDP was in power in the now-former state, pulled out of the government, thus causing it to fall.
She is also the first and only woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir thus far.