Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, among first to welcome her release; It’s a big relief, says Mufti’s daughter Iltija
NEW DELHI—Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti was released from prison Tuesday evening.
Government intention to release Mufti was announced earlier in the day by the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir administration, Rohit Kansal through a tweet.
Ms. Mehbooba Mufti being released @dipr
— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) October 13, 2020
Mufti has been under detention when authorities detained thousands of people, enforced an unprecedented months military lockdown on the night of August 5— the day Indian government revoked Kashmir’s special constitutional protection unilaterally.
Initially she was kept at a guest house near Mughal gardens on Dal lake and later shifted to another guest house in the heart of Srinagar city . Then she was moved to her home which was converted into a sub-jail.
Her daughter Iltija Mufti had approached the Supreme Court seeking her release. The court was awaiting a response from the government in the matter. She said It’s a big relief.
I’m pleased to hear that @MehboobaMufti Sahiba has been released after more than a year in detention. Her continued detention was a travesty & was against the basic tenets of democracy. Welcome out Mehbooba.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 13, 2020
Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was among the first to welcome her release.
Glad to hear that @MehboobaMufti has finally been released from the unlawful detention. We urge the authorities to release other people who continue to be under detention since 04 Aug 2019 under draconian laws like PSA, UAPA and sedition.
— M Y Tarigami (@tarigami) October 13, 2020
Leftist leader while welcoming the move urged the authorities to consider the release of other people who continue to languish in jails under draconian laws like PSA, UAPA and sedition.