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After 7 months in detention, Farooq Abdullah meets son Omar Abdullah

Today, he drove from his residence to the nearby Hari Nivas where his son, also a former chief minister, has been held under preventive custody since February 5 under the PSA.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2020 3:07:55 pm
NC president Farooq Abdullah met his son Omar Abdullah in Srinagar. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

NC president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, who was released on Friday after his detention was revoked, met his son Omar Abdullah in the sub-jail in Srinagar. He drove from his residence to the nearby Hari Nivas where his son, also a former chief minister, has been held under preventive custody since February 5 under the PSA. The two warmly embraced each other.

Farooq Abdullah was released on Friday after his detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was revoked. “Today I don’t have words. I am free today. Now, I will be able to go to Delhi and attend Parliament and speak for you all,” Abdullah had said while addressing reporters from his house on Friday.

After his release, Farooq Abdullah had requested J&K authorities to see his son for the first time ever since both were detained seven months ago.

Farooq Abdullah gave a brief statement from his house after he was released from detention under the PSA. (Picture credit: Shuaib masoodi)

The 82-year-old leader had requested the Jammu and Kashmir authority for permission to see his son for the first time in seven months and the same was granted, officials said, adding that the two were together for about an hour.

Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and other leaders, including another chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, were detained on August 5 last year, the day the Centre withdrew special status of the erstwhile state.

Safia Abdullah Khan was the first member of the Abdullah family to react to the development. “My father is a free man again,” she tweeted, which was retweeted by her brother and former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

The National Conference (NC) president was booked under the PSA on September 15 while his son was booked hours before his six-month tenure of preventive detention was to come to an end on February 5 this year.

After his release yesterday, the Srinagar MP further said he was grateful to the people of J&K and all leaders across the country “who spoke for our freedom”. “This freedom will be complete when all leaders are released. I hope the government of India will take action to release everyone,” he added.

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