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J&K administration releases one PDP, four NC politicians

Jammu and Kashmir administration released another batch of five politicians who were under detention since August 5 last year, when the special status of J&K was revoked and the state was bifurcated into two Union territories.

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  • Farooq Abdullah, a five-time Parliamentarian, has been under detention since August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status of J&K and bifurcated the state. The Public Safety Act (PSA) was first slapped against him on September 17, hours before the Supreme Court was to hear a petition by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed that the NC leader was detained illegally.

    Many political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the three former chief ministers, were detained on August 5, the day the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of the state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

    Abdullah, under detention since August 5 and subsequently booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) on September 17, is at present at his residence in Gupkar which has been declared as a sub-jail..

    The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three mon...

    Ishfaq Jabbar, former legislator, and Ghulam Nabi Bhat of National Conference, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, former legislator, and Bashir Ahmad Mir of People’s Democratic Party and Yasir Reshi, a former PDP legislator who rebelled against the party and was close to J&K People’s Conference, were released on Monday.

    The meeting was held at the NC headquarters, Nawa-i-Subah, and the party's provincial body of Kashmir and the youth and women's wing attended it, NC spokesperson Imran Dar told PTI. He said the meeting was chaired by NC provincial secretary, Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad.

    Farooq Abdullah, former CM of Jammu and Kashmir and MP from Srinagar, who is been under detention at his own house, has complained of a pine tree which is leaning precariously onto the house. The security staff has written to the forest department urging them to cut the pine tree on Gupkar Road in Srinagar.

    Opposition leaders also raised the issue of MPs not being allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of its special status, whereas parliamentarians from Europe have been taken to the state, with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury describing the EU delegation as "bhade ke tattu" (hirelings).

    The minister's statement came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the government when political leaders, including sitting member and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, would be released.

    An all-party meeting was held in the national capital attended by several senior leaders from opposition parties, Union leaders including Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting was called by the government and moderated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Meghwal.

    "As many as 2,30,418 persons used the internet facilities across 10 districts of Kashmir valley," said the report provided by the Union territory to the home ministry.

    According to the government notification dated October 21, the 21-member parliamentary consultative committee is headed by Union defence minister Rajnath Singh. Pragya Singh Thakur, who defeated Congress heavyweight Digvijaya Singh in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, also featured in the committee.

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