Jammu and Kashmir: Former CM Farooq Abdullah to be released

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah will be released after being kept under preventive detention for over seven months.

According to the officials, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) against Abdullah.

Farooq Abdullah was placed under detention with several leaders including his son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti in August last year, when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories.

In an order issued on Friday, Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra said the PSA invoked on Abdullah on September 15 and further extended on December 13, has been revoked.

“In exercise of powers conferred under section 19(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. the Government hereby revokes the detention order bearing No DMS/PSA/12012019 dated 15-09-2019 issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar extended for a period of 3 months vide Government Order No Home/PB-V/340 of 2019 dated 13-12-2019 and then extended for a further period of three months vide Government Order No. Home/PB-V/668 of 2020 dated 11-03-2020 of Dr Farooq Abdaah S/o Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Rio Gupkar Road, Srinagar with immediate effect,” the government order reads.