After eight months of detention , difficulties National Conference (NC) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been released. He was put in detention before the Center Government scrapped 370 article.
Junior Abdullah, a fierce critic of repealing article 370 like his father senior Abdullah, remained a political prisoner with his father Farooq Abdulla and other leaders including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti. They were detained on August 5, 2019, the day the Center withdrew special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
International pressure and civil society voices, dubbing the detention of Abdullahs and other senior leaders as murder of democracy, failed to move the Center government, which kept reiterating that detention was necessary and justified till the intervention of Supreme Court (SC). But the turning point came when Omar Abdullah’s sister filed a petition in SC, seeking the release of her brother upon which the apex court asked the government to update it about the status of the case before they hear the plea of Sara Pilot (Abdullah’s sister).
Though the release of Abdullahs has been welcomed by various Kashmir political parties including PDP and it even went on to release a statement expressing solidarity with him and Congress top leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dubbed the Abdullahs detention unconstitutional and undemocratic, but both Abdullahs have a massive assignment ahead.
Since they have led their state every time whenever their state faced any turmoil, things are same presently and residents of their state have high hopes from them. Both have to take a fresh start after the abrogation of Article 370 and now they should make new friends to provide a strong political outfit to residents and have to also fight the consequences of Coronavirus pandemic, which has compelled the residents to maintain social distancing.