Time to restore rights of people in J&K: Priyanka Gandhi


SRINAGAR — Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday welcomed the decision of releasing former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from the “unconstitutional detention” and said, “it is time restore the rights of people of the Jammu and Kashmir too.”

“So happy to learn that Omar Abdullah’s unconstitutional and undemocratic detention has been revoked at last. It’s about time the Union government restores democratic and constitutional rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.

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Her remarks came after the Jammu and Kashmir government revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) of the former chief minister and ended his detention on Tuesday more than seven months after he and two other former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained ahead of the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

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“Government issues orders revoking detention of Shri Omar Abdullah,” Government spokesperson, Rohit Kansal tweeted. The order comes just a day before the hearing in the Apex court.

Omar Abdullah was among the 50-odd politicians who were kept under ‘preventive detention’ after the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5, 2019.

He and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti were slapped with PSA on February 7 after being detained under preventive detention since August 5, 2019.

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The PSA was slapped on former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah on September 16, 2019, after 42 days of preventive detention.

A few days before the Article 370 move by the Centre, Farooq Abdullah had presided over a meeting of all parties in Kashmir in which Omar also participated and had adopted a declaration – Gupkar Declaration – that they will not accept any tinkering with Article 370.

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