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After 7 Months In Detention,Farooq Abdullah Meets Son Omar Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah, Former Jammu, and Kashmir, released after being detained for over seven months under the draconian Public Saftey Act(PSA), met his son, Omar Abdullah, today in a Srinagar sub-jail.
After 7 Months In Detention, Farooq Abdullah Meets Son Omar Abdullah
New Delhi: Farooq Abdullah, Former Jammu, and Kashmir, released after being detained for over seven months under the draconian Public Saftey Act(PSA), met his son, Omar Abdullah, today in a Srinagar sub-jail.
After his release on Friday, Farooq Abdullah had asked J&K authorities for permission to see his son for the first time since the two were detained seven months ago. Today he drove from his residence in Srinagar to the nearby Hari Niwas, where his son is held.
According to the news agency PTI, the two hold warmly.
Earlier Farooq Abdullah visited the grave of his father, former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah, which, is located on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Dressed in a black kurta, a traditional ''Karakuli'' cap, and sunglasses, he was accompanied by his wife Moile and grandson Adeem as he offered prayers.
Speaking to reporters after his release, Farooq Abdullah said he was "grateful to everyone who prayed for us" but added that "freedom was not complete".
"Freedom will be complete when all leaders - Omar, Mehboobaji and others who are in prisons of the state or outside the state are released. I hope the government will take action soon," he said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had repeatedly questioned the center over the detention of the Abdullahs, Mehbooba Mufti and others also visited Farooq Abdullah.
Farooq and Omar Abdullah, along with another former Chief Minister - the PDP's Mehbooba Mufti - had been taken into custody on August 5, hours before the center's decision on Article 370.
He was placed under detention along with other leaders including his son Omar Abdullah on August 5, when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and imposed massive restriction.
In September, he was charged under the PSA, which enables detention without trial for up to two years. He was charged with "disturbing public order" under the law, which means shorter detention of three months.
This was the first time that the PSA, used against terrorists, separatists or stone-throwers, was used on a mainstream politician, especially an MP and a three-time Chief Minister.
Under the Narendra Modi government," democratic dissent is being muzzled by coercive administrative action, which has threatened the basic ideals of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity as enshrined in our Constitution," the resolution read.
Days ago, eight opposition parties sent a joint resolution to the BJP-led government, demanding the immediate release of all political detainees in Kashmir, especially the three former Chief Ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
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