On Friday, Indian authorities announced the release of veteran Kashmiri Member of Parliament and Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who had been in detention since August after the Himalayan region was put under a strict military and communication lockdown hours before the Article 370, which granted the disputed region a measure of autonomy, was removed.
Farooq Abdullah while addressing reporters from his house where he was flanked by his family said, “I am free today. Now, I will be able to go to Delhi and attend Parliament and speak for you all.”
Further, he said this freedom is not complete; the freedom will be complete when all the leaders are released. I hope the government of India will take action to release everyone.
An official order said the government revoked Abdullah’s detention “with immediate effect”, without giving any reason.
Abdullah’s son Omar Abdullah and several other top Kashmiri politicians were among thousands taken into custody following the clampdown in occupied Kashmir.
Revocation of Abdullah’s detention, order under the Public Security Act (PSA), a law under which a person can be detained for up to two years without bail, was issued on Friday by Shaleen Kabra, principal secretary at the house of Kashmir.
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02 April, 2020