Srinagar, Mar 14: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, released yesterday after being detained for over seven months under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), met his son, Omar Abdullah, today in a Srinagar sub-jail.
After his release on Friday, Farooq Abdullah had asked J&K authorities for permission to see his son for the first time since the two were detained seven months ago. Today he drove from his residence in Srinagar to the nearby Hari Niwas, where his son is held.
The two embraced warmly, according to news
Earlier Farooq Abdullah visited the grave of his father, former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah, which , is located on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Dressed in a black kurta, a traditional ”Karakuli” cap and sunglasses, he was accompanied by his wife Moile and grandson Adeem as he offered prayers.
Speaking to reporters after his release, Farooq Abdullah said he was “grateful to everyone who prayed for us” but added that “freedom was not complete”.
“Freedom will be complete when all leaders – Omar, Mehboobaji and others who are in prisons of the state or outside the state are released. I hope government will take action soon,” he said.
Farooq and Omar Abdullah, along with another former Chief Minister – the PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti – had been taken into custody on August 5, hours before the centre’s decision on Article 370.
Both Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti remain in custody and have also been charged under the Public Safety Act. In September, Farooq Abdullah, 83, was charged with “disturbing public order” under the PSA.