J & K’s ex-CM Omar Abdullah released from detention

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AFTER Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, his son Omar Abdullah, also an ex-CM, has been released from detention. The Jammu and Kashmir government issued an order revoking the detention of Omar Abdullah,50, on Tuesday, March 23. Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said: “Govt issues orders revoking detention of Shri Omar Abdullah.”The National Conference leader was in detention at Hari Nivas since August 5, 2019  when Article 370 was abrogated by Parliament converting Jammu & Kashmir into a Union Territory with a legislative assembly and Ladakh also a Union Territory minus legislative assembly.  In February, Omar was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act. His sister, Sara Abdullah Pilot had contested in the Supreme Court the government’s stance that freeing her brother will pose an imminent threat to public order. During first NDA regime headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee the regional political outfit National Conference founded by his grandfather Sheikh Abdulla had cordial ties with BJP and Omar Abdullah was appointed as Minister of State for External Affairs  He was elected as the Member of Parliament from Srinagar in 1998.He was the Leader of the Opposition in the dissolved state legislative assembly while his father Sheikh Abdullah,83, represents Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency in The Lok Sabha.PDP supremo and ex-CM  Mehbooba Mufti is still under detention as several leaders and foot soldiers of the NC ,PDP and Congress are quitting the parties to contest assembly elections to be held later this year post delimitation of constituencies.(contributed by PKC with image courtesy to OrissaPost)

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