‘I am free’: Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah after release from 7-month detention

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah was on Friday released from detention after more than seven months.

Abdullah said, “I am free…I would like to thank everyone who fought for my freedom. But he added that this freedom would be complete only when all the other detained leaders are freed.”

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

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to Government, Shaleen Kabra said the PSA invoked on Abdullah on September 15 and further extended on December 13, has been revoked.

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.

Deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot in a tweet said, “Glad to hear the news of the release of Former CM #FarooqAbdullah ji. I hope that other former Chief Ministers detained in J&K are also released soon.”